I take pictures, pictures of beauty. What is beauty but an oxymoron. It tells us a universal truth through manipulating us into believing in a lie. Beauty is both permanently important and dependent entirely upon its impermanence. Similarly photographs fool the eye into believing that what they depict is real or authentic when it is actually a lie. The camera in capturing a moment in time suggests something static about a reality that is actually entirely dynamic. These twin paradoxes drive my work, like a dog chasing its tail not to catch it but because the pursuit in and of itself is worthy of pursuing. Beauty is what makes my life worth living and my decision to make these beautiful pictures is a concerted effort to remind myself and others of this.