I create a lot of monochromatic images that one friend labels as "sad". I began to wonder if there is a relationship between the images I make and my state of mind. This thought reminded me of a self-help book called "The Secret" that was quite popular in 2006. In a nutshell, the theory is about the law of attraction and claims that thoughts can directly change a person's life.

Around the time I was mulling this over in my mind, I discovered a book by Ingrid Fetell Lee called "Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness." That's a mouthful, but the premise is about feeling good in the moment... right now. Joy can make us smile and laugh and jump up and down. Somehow we lose the ability to express joy as we go through life.

Once you start looking for joy, you can see little things everywhere. Each moment of joy is small, but over time they add up and the trials of every day life seem easier somehow.I started to work on a series I call "Comfort and Joy".

The images celebrate little things - small moments in everyday life that say joy to me.

- Sara Harley