My pieces have used silver gelatin paper and black and white film for years, TRACES is inspired by a bag of 35mm color film I had been collecting. There were rolls of Provia, Portra and all different ISO’s each film containing its own emulsion, color palette and grain. On each shoot after I would struggle to frame and focus and use the 4 x 5 View Camera, I would throw a couple of rolls of 35mm into an old Nikon and just shoot. It was a whole new physical and emotional experience for me, the camera was light weight , the lens was small in my hand and I could dance around the subject. I push the photography to play with me, I shoot shallow depth of field and usually very slow- I am a rebel in my artwork breaking the chains that hold me in the commercial world. I like my art work to surprise me , excite me and show me things I cannot see at the shoot. I capture the essence of what is there and what I feel abstractly. My work is autobiographical , there are many places that I tell my story, in the photograph, the print and then of course the mixed media I add to the surface. This body of work is about a new phase of living, one that involves minimalism, feeling lighter, dreaming and obscurity.