I'm always at a bit of a loss to know what to write in an artist's statement. They seem to be de rigeur for exhibits and publications but I also notice at the gallery that people are usually drawn first to the images and only occasionally to whatever that artist had to say about them. Some years ago now, I took a workshop with Kim Weston - son of Cole Weston and grandson of Edward. He said whenever his uncle Brett Weston was asked to interpret his work, he simply said, "The photograph speaks for itself." I do like that sentiment, but we always seem to want more. A visitor came to the gallery a week ago to look at my work. She had seen it online and had fallen in love with the Cocoon Series, she said. We spent probably two hours looking through prints of the series and she remarked how hearing me talk about them enriched the experience of the images for her. It was such a wonderful experience to have someone devote her time and thought to my work. And it made me realize that what we have to say as artists may make a difference. With that in mind, here is my artist's statement for the show I'll hang on Monday September 1 at Multiple Exposures Gallery. I was happy with this one and happy to pair it with an image from the series I'm showing . . . see what you think . . . click the image to have it open in a light box where it may be easier to read . . . .