Or, if you prefer, in a similar sense, but one step removed in the mental process, is a similar expression: "We are what we photograph". This came across my mind while thinking about the content of my first invited solo exhibition which I hope to complete to my reasonable satisfaction before it’s opening in late June. The theme, "genius loci", deals with the "spirit of place" and the one where I live. This spirit comes from many sources, material and immaterial, and from both personal feelings and collective ones. The evoking of spirit of place may not be entirely common with the thoughts or feelings of my own community, or of my circle of friends or associates. What I see may tell me as much about myself as it does about my subjects. "What I see is what I am". Photography for me is in part a discovery of myself or an assertion of what I believe. It is no doubt a part of the age-old question and title of a Gauguin late 19th century painting "Who are we, why are we here, where are we going?" In the more limited (but not necessarily so...) sense I would propose to you "we are what we see". What are your thoughts about this? I may give a few personal examples later on, but for the moment I would rather talk less, and hear more, the thoughts of others.