I have always been interested in the core essence of what makes us who we are, and the disconnect between who we truly are and who we portray ourselves to be. When I witness a glimpse of someone's true, underlaying self - or spirit - behind the usual mask that is worn, my heart leaps, warms up, and makes a connection. Witnessing this duality of masked and unmasked personas have been what has driven me to start The Wake. 

The Wake has been photographed in the early morning hours when the subject wakes from dream back into reality and continues through the transformation into his or her public self. The subject is usually a bit disoriented, still in a daze, crossing over from one world to another, and I feel the presence of a different being, so vulnerable and true. The Wake is an attempt to capture that presence.