"I lived in Palms Springs from age ten to eighteen. As one can imagine, I spent a great deal of time in swimming pools, both as entertainment and survival to escape the extreme heat. My friends and I were amphibious creatures. To this day, I can't walk by a pool without wanting to jump in. When shooting this image, I initially was hoping to capture an eerie portrait of the model, with her dark makeup dripping in streaks down her face, but the story was really about how her body relaxed into the water and how the light and color danced around her as she was floating in an elegant yet haunting position."