Amalgamation is the act of merging or uniting two or more elements, transmuting them into a single entity that reflects parts of each element, as well as a new whole. My Amalgamations series combines the female form with natural elements, using a unique process that allows both me and the viewer to experience the depth, texture, and color that results when two or more photos are layered. I start with one of my existing photos of the female form –then layer it with another photo, often a landscape with some element of stone to provide a contrast with the softness of the female form. The second photo might be a wall from the small church I came across in the south of France, or rocky elements from the waters of a pool on the coast of Maine or a small pond outside of my hometown of Omaha. Melding them enhances both images, bringing them both to another level, and creating a new world that exists only in this new image.