In 1981 I drove to New Smyma Beach, Florida to see the sunrise. Of course I was alone, I was always alone. Body issues, feeling self conscious and having such a hard time making friends always gave me plenty of time to day dream. That day was the point of inception for me as I wanted to see myself as the sun did when it rose. And so I brought a mirror so I could photograph myself. Thirty one years later this photo is proof that I was stronger than them all. Validated and accepted by the one friend who would always be there shining on me…the sun.