My work has often been about the contemporary vanitas. The subject matter is the emotional space between the perfect and imperfect, beauty and ugliness, dreams and reality, laughter and tears. The 16th and 17th century Dutch vanitas painters coupled luscious floral bouquets with rotting fruit or bugs to illustrate the worthlessness of earthly pursuits. My message is the opposite. I revel in this beautiful imperfection we call life, knowing that it has an expiration date that always comes sooner than we wish. To capture this poignancy is my goal. The processes I use to make my prints—19th century time-consuming photographic processes for the most part—are deliciously anachronistic when time is of the essence.