The word distance has always produced a visual in my mind’s eye. My association with the word is an emotional one and transforming emotions into images is what I attempt to do in my work. For me distance is not a measurement of how close or far things are, but the longing to be where you are not, what you are not. The atmospheric colors you see in the abyss of space are not in that place far away, but are the colors in the distance between you and that place. Some of the images in the Distance series are double exposures, some of them flipped horizontally to suggest two moons, two suns. The surreal quality of the images suggest an atmosphere of a dream, something that is very familiar but at the same time impossible and remote. Distance, or distancing, have become words used so frequently during the Covid-19 pandemic and the practice of distancing that has become necessary to our survival and the new normal. The word distance now evokes in me another feeling. One of isolation, alienation, and also of responsibility. I have spent these cold spring months of the pandemic isolated and immersed in nature and have been in quiet observation of the earth and its creatures slowly emerging from the slumber of winter. Nature remains as it were and the birds come back in flocks as usual to nest in the Northeast forests making symbols in the ever changing sky. I spend time alone in the elements at dawn and at dusk to witness and photograph the migration. I am both present and detached, alone and allied with nature. The atmosphere is awash with sound and color. The color of longing for distances to never arrive in because desires are filled with distances. I find deep resonance with this Rebecca Solnit quote: “The color of distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude and of desire, the color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go.” As I sail my ghost ship through these uncertain times to the shores of the unknown I don’t know what awaits me, what awaits us collectively, but I often find myself longing to be on the other side of this distance. I long to connect.