Photography has been a passion of mine ever since my early 20s when I bought my first camera, a Nikkormat SLR. I was first drawn to the medium as an art form when I began shooting in black and white and developing and printing my own photos. It is a magical experience to watch an image appear as if out of nowhere, looking the way I visualized the scene when I shot it, or maybe even better than that. When working in the darkroom or out shooting, I lose myself in the moment. I become totally mindful, blocking out the world around me, and completely focused on the image I’m trying to create. Some people bungee jump off bridges to be forced into the moment. I take photos. Having grown up just outside of New York City, I have always been drawn to and found solace in the anonymity of being a silent observer in a big city. I believe that this informs my attraction to photography as an exploration of place. The combination of travel and photography allows me to continue to open myself up to new and exciting experiences, challenging me on all levels as both a participant and an interpreter of the world around me. Another major influence on my photography is the natural world. It sustains me spiritually and constantly reminds me of the fact that life is a precious gift and we must enjoy it in our every waking moment. Capturing the beauty of nature is one of my greatest joys in life. I resisted the digital revolution at first, but now shoot with a digital camera when traveling. I carry my Holga and shoot with film for black and white. I’m grateful to have the mixed perspectives gained from working with analog and digital photography and will continue to integrate both into the final output of my imagery. Jeanne Hauser