57K, 640 x 460, 1994. Digital picture by Chris Wayan
Osento is a bath house in San Francisco that my friends all love. But I can't go with them; women only. If I'm to be included we have to go to other baths with small private tubs for (gasp) mixed-sex bathing, which is not as much fun as a big public bath--as social as swimming pools, and a lot more sensual.
So I keep dreaming that I change sex, so I can go too, and swim in the big pool with my friends. Here I am, rejoicing that I've joined the club at last. Weird to live in San Francisco of all places and still paint a public bath as a forbidden fantasyland, like Ingres over a century ago.
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même...
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