Artist Statement: My photographic art is strongly influenced by a fascination with human nature, many years working in the field of psychology and close observation of my own emotions. Often my work starts as a self-portrait and examines just one aspect of human nature or emotion at a time. The combination of photography and digital manipulation offers a way to create a new image that is not captured via one shutter press. I do not hide from the fact that my work is manipulated but instead see it as an important feature of the work. It allows me to break the rules and create impossible images that still appear somehow plausible. Elements that we inherently understand as necessary in our everyday visual reality, such as perspective and direction of light, are maintained to create a believable photograph.