A great benefit to me in doing this project was to get away from the constant contact that we have these days. I enjoy being out in more rural areas and enjoying the solitude. So I think there are many images without people directly in them just by the nature of photographing in places where there were a lot less people than I'm used to. I actually approached the portraits in much the same way that I approached the landscapes. Even though I was photographing a person, I was always just as interested in capturing the environment that person was in. Similarly, when making a landscape photograph I was attracted more to landscapes that bore the mark of some sort of human presence or activity.