Artist’s Statement: My friend took these photos of me on our visit to the New York Botanical Gardens. I usually only go there for work, so it was interesting to me to see the gardens in a different light, as a casual visitor. When I looked through the photos after the visit, I noticed how relaxed and content I look in all of them. I spend most of my time stressed and tired, but having a relaxing day wandering around the beautiful natural landscape transformed me. I feel beautiful in these pictures. The photos I chose to include in this series demonstrate the powerful impact that nature has on me by capturing me in a natural setting.