Why I take pictures For a long time, I lived in an elemental place on the water and facing the north wind. It was a fierce environment and stunningly beautiful. Being so close to nature opened a place in me that led to creating pictures as a thoughtful practice. I want to get to the nature of a place or scene, to capture the breath of it. Making a picture is a way to tell a story and bring the viewer closer to me, to open a door to a welcoming but challenging place of self-reflection. It is also a way to make a visual record of something that comes only once. Over time, my hope is to develop a body of work that is identifiable as mine.