about Photography stops the clock and as a reward provides a priceless gift, a visual record of what would go unnoticed and that which will never exist again. Light, form, color and gesture together create a new thing that only exists because of the way the camera, photographer and subject merge together in a fraction of a second. In the end, the point is to produce a picture that has strong visual properties and meaning. But how does the photographer manage that? She must see the thing, feel the thing, pull the right elements together and hope for a little luck. Photography provides a reason and excuse to satisfy a need to explore places and events, some already known, and others foreign, strange or somehow mysterious. This need to explore, see and transform has drawn me to photography, and compels me to understand the elements that turn photographs into compelling pictures that create form and perhaps some meaning from the chaos of life.