CROWDSCAPES A few years ago I began a long-term project that explores the relationship between people and their environments. I'm always searching for the ways to explore and show that special sense of energy, humor and interaction that occurs in public spaces, in combination with the intimacy between families, friends and lovers. As the project evolved I realized that there are different ways to experience public spaces, both for the people in them and for me as the photographer. A concern of mine when photographing people in public is whether I am intruding on their privacy. Upon reflection and in actuality I do not think that this is the case with my work. My subjects are usually photographed at a distance, and even when I am up close I usually am either ignored or the participants are excited once they find out they have been included in a photograph. Another aspect of the project that I often consider is that as a woman and mother I am afforded a particular vantage point when documenting what is happening around me, and I incorporate these experiences into my work. I think that my sincere approach to the subject matter affords me that extra level of trust from both adults and children alike.