Sherri, Chicago 1995 - Sherri was one of my best friends when I lived in Chicago, and we stayed close after I moved to California in 1998. She was very instrumental in my early work. This hammock image was one of the key photographs that led to my book-signing with my favorite photography publisher Edition Stemmle (Zurich). With deep sorrow, today marks the 11th anniversary of her untimely passing. Sherri’s encouraging attitude and optimism was often a ray of sunshine in those often dank Chicago winters. In fact, on the day we shot this image, I wasn’t in a good mood and wanted to cancel the photoshoot. Knowing that it would make me feel better, she whipped me into shape and forced me to come over. This photograph was the product of that optimism and encouragement. I continually mourn her absence and am happy to have captured her spirit for all of us who loved her to enjoy forever.