A few weeks back my friend who works at the San Francisco Opera was nice enough to get me tickets for Salome. Don’t know if you’re familiar with the biblical story of Salome, but one of the highlights is the “dance of the seven veils” in which the title character seduces her stepfather by dancing increasingly seductively through seven separate veils until she is pretty much naked. That, of course, gave me a great idea for a photo project. I’ve chosen to photograph seven women with whom I have varying relationships, some friends, neighbors, acquaintances, old lovers, and one complete stranger. The constant between the photographs is a veil of cloth (I’m actually using two, one slightly more opaque than the other). Each shoot brings up the relationship between photographer and subject, as well as the subject with her own sense of exposure, expression and experimentation. Although the original intention was to photograph each subject behind the veil, we discovered a new way of working with it in each session. These are the first seven, I will likely not take the concept so literally and go back to make a few more images.