This series – while satisfying in that it has advanced some of my formal goals with photography – has a tragic inspiration: the death of my friend Michael Walsh. Michael was a great artist, an early mentor, important influence, and a great friend since college. Michael died in a fire shortly after the opening of the first Branded Angels show. Luckily we had a wonderful week before the show talking, visiting, and working like dogs, framing and hanging the show. I like to think he would have been really excited by this series.