Photographs are quite literally, the light of other days, the manifestation of past as present. Like surrogate memories, photographs allow the viewer to actualize the past, evoking feelings and memories that are no more. As they think upon this past, they are often confronted by all that comes with it. But rather than looking on with longing and sadness, I hope the viewer will embrace the beauty and sanctity in both the photograph itself and the act of viewing it. By doing so, they can engage in rather than disengage from life around them and let the illumination of the present moment wash over them.