As an artist I believe it’s important to spend time with your work and live with it. My medium of choice is photography, however I believe this applies to any medium: going beyond enjoying your work, asking questions, understanding what it really means. “Why did I make it?” “Does my work stand the test of time?” I believe it was Edward Weston who said “put it up on the wall for a year and if you still like it, it’s a good picture”. Extremely relevant/useful advice. Over the past few years I’ve spent a considerable amount of time with my work, reflecting on it’s meaning and value in my life. I received some very good advice a number of years ago which was to focus on projects. A project consists of a meaningful body of work comprised of related pictures that tell a story. I’ve successfully completed a number of these projects which did help to improve my work. What I discovered in the process is a series of unrelated but strong photographs that speak loudly to me. The obvious was right in front of me; I was blind to the fact that this is a body of work. The common thread binding these photographs together is the fact that I need no words to describe them. They simply speak to me, telling visual stories, evoking mood and emotion. I see pieces of myself in many of these images. It’s incredibly rewarding when this happens reflecting that I successfully put my soul into the work, and was open and honest while making it.