I try to photograph landscapes of exquisite beauty that may calm a
person's fears: sunsets, views of water or flowers. The intention is
to make the viewer feel in harmony with nature. This might let us
forget for an instant the rude intrusion of illness into our lives.
For this exhibition, I also chose to include two photographs which
are more direct metaphors for the experience of cancer. Up Close and
Dangerous depicts the surface of a cactus with its perfectly menacing
display of rhythm and line. The dangerous spikes keep out intruders that
might harm the delicate flesh within. In The Red Hat, the person has
reached the end of the wall and leans into it for protection and stability. Yet the untraveled desert vista beyond is
what holds his focus. It is a hopeful vision -- one journey ends
and a new one begins.