I am bit reticent about saying anything about what I am trying to do. I have a friend in NY who runs the photography department at Columbia and one of his rules when students present work is that they cannot talk about what they are trying to do, only about what is in the photograph. I started studying photography on my own when quite young -- no formal training, but I was lucky to get to know people like Andre Kertesz and even Jacques Henri Lartigue. But the photographers who blew me away were Atget and Walker Evans. They are, of course, both hugely influential on other photographers, but they seemed to be able to endow simple things with a kind of enchantment. They understood light and where to stand, and neither had a look-at-me kind of technique (like Ansel Adams for example.) I am interested in what photography can teach me about the world -- it's a way of investigating the world, and I tend to work in series around certain topics. I started off photographing formal gardens in Europe, and then I photographed the work of the landscape architect FL OLmsted. I worked in the asbestos mining landscape of Quebec, and I got interested in cities -- as disparate as Paris, Lethbridge, Toronto, Sudbury. One crazy project was to photograph both sides of the Mexican border south of San Diego (alone with an 8x10 view camera). I finally started shooting digitally about three years ago, and I find it totally liberating. The Leica M's are brilliant -- I just got the B/W one -- and the printing technology is mature, so I don't have to spend days developing. Projects are multiplying at an alarming rate, but I have never been more productive. Don't know if that helps, but that is where I am coming from.