I started capturing images in my teens. I was drawn to it because it allowed me to stand back and observe instead of participating. Photography like art asks a number of questions. What is she trying to do here? Why did she try to capture that particular image? To experience life from a lens that is my own - removing myself from the situation in order to capture moments that I can relate to, or moments that seem to capture an experience. What is photography but a way to convey an experience, that invokes a feeling. Perhaps I never really wanted to get involved in the first place, and that's why I hid behind the camera. Removing oneself from the situation makes it easier to exist within the situation, not as a participant but as a prism. Not to say that I am taking away something more interesting than the situation itself, but rather attempting to discover what I am trying to do. Why does one take photos? Why does one do art? Is it fear to participate in the current circumstance? It's a process of self discovery, because I don't really know what I am aiming for until it happens, and then it happens and I realize what I was aiming for in the first place. A circumstance may exist, but each moment is fleeting and the thoughts and emotions that were undergone only exist in that singular moment.