Degrees is selections of many different projects and endeavors. It is the result of many email correspondences, phone calls, long drives, and slow walks. It is about degrees of familiarity, separation, comfort and intimacy. It could also be described as a failure or fear of commitment. In having too many ideas of who and how to incorporate similar themes there became a splintering of work. However, there is one thing that all the projects have in common. That is an on-going struggle and desire to understand how to work with people. I have toyed with and tried at times to steer away from working with people, but inevitably have always come back to the portrait. The reason behind this seems to be that making a portrait presents many different obstacles, each time anew. It is a collaboration between two people: one with a camera, one without. Throughout all my smaller projects, which have each experimented with a different level of relationship between myself and the person they depict, I have tried to obtain and learn how to achieve a certain level of intimacy and trust. By interchanging medium format and 4x5 large format cameras, one mobile and hand-held, the other rigid and cumbersome; I have tried to capture how it is that one can interact through the lens and how it is that we look at one another. Each person has a different relationship to me, and to my camera. The use of either camera in any project demonstrates the accessibility to each person that I have. When I am granted permission, I get in closer, and when I am not, I am at a distance. The choice of camera and of style often reflect the emotional and physical distance between myself and the person depicted (though not exclusively). Not all of these attempts may have been successful, perhaps some have definitively been unsuccessful. Yet, I keep going back and wanting to try again, wanting to understand how this relationship can work and create, not only a well-made photograph/portrait, but also a feeling of connection and immediacy, no matter how slight. Some people pictured I have known my whole life, others a few minutes. Some of them have been the subject of my work many times before by my own choice, others have offered themselves to me voluntarily. Each project has dealt with specific relationships and different levels of intimacy when it comes to the actual act of photographing. The photographs do not attempt to label and/or typify themselves, although I suppose that is unavoidable to an extent. What they do attempt to do is relay an interaction: each unto themselves, and at the same time, unto each other in relation to myself as someone with a camera. And in turn, I ask each of them to tell me what they think, if anything, about all this.