Philosophically, I believe that a photographer, and by extension photography, is more than just a tool to visually capture a moment in time. To become a work of art, an image must transcend just being a picture; it must capture the raw, unvarnished feelings experienced by the artist in the moment of capture. This is of course, a lofty aspiration, but such is the realm of art. Perhaps this is why the term "tortured" is so often associated with artists.
I once read another artist’s personal statement, where she compared her own craft to the rabbit-hole in the classic tale, Alice in Wonderland. She indicated that the pursuit of her art continually drives her to see just how far down the rabbit-hole goes, always facing the potential danger of losing herself in the experience. This resonated with me on a level I could not ignore. But after pondering the idea for a while, I decided that my vision, and the expression of my craft, fine art photography, is less like the rabbit-hole from Alice in Wonderland, and more like the mirror from Through the Looking Glass. For me, photography is about suspending time in order to clarify perceptual distortions; it is about the imperfection of reflections in both the corporeal and psychological sense; it is about the tension of polar opposites, the boundaries of reality itself.