The series of photographs, titled "Dream Life of Fruits and Vegetables," began to develop in the fall of 2011 after noticing some ornamental squash at the grocery store. I was intrigued by their unusual variety of textures and forms. However, squash obtained directly from the farm with attached vines and leaves appeared more natural. Occasionally, some fruits and vegetables sitting on the kitchen counter or left in a dark cupboard took on curious forms that could not be ignored or taken for granted, so to speak. Visits to the local farmers' market provide new sources of inspiration and material.

The pictures explore our relationship with agriculture, sustainable living, permaculture, and food security. Most of us get our vegetables and fruit from a grocery store, where for the most part they are stripped of their leaves or branches, waxed to a shine as if polished, and piled up like so much jetsam and flotsam or packaged in sealed plastic bags - visually removed from seeming at all natural. These images, on the other hand, present them as lively and exuberant, in individualistic portraiture, elevating these "everyday" (yet sometimes extraordinary) subjects befitting their importance to our lives.

During the process of working on this project, I have been changed as well. In the past, I never gave thought to where I bought my food or where it came from. But now I give more consideration to what I eat, to where and how it is grown, and from whom I buy it.

My working process is dedicated to using film and printing in the darkroom. I discovered different ways of making prints on black-and-white paper by making changes to the normal printing technique and make-up of the chemistry. After a lot of experimentation, I was able to achieve the "colorful black & white" print that I feel expresses the concept of a "dream life" of these traditional still life subjects.