I am primarily a maker of stories about urban life and changes on the environment. I seek to reveal common threads that bind us in our everyday lives. Most of my life, I have lived in cities, first on the East Coast and then in Seattle since 1990. Cities are the primary keeper of remembered experiences and dreams, both personal and cultural. While on the East Coast, I was an art teacher, museum educator and director of art centers or museum projects. In Seattle, my work life was mainly involved with the public sector and aspects of Family Law. These experiences inform my photographic practice. The urban architectural photographs are from the Seattle area. They explore the impact of human intervention on existing work or living spaces or on historic sites conceptually, often in pairings created to provide context or to alter focal points. Some images also look at how people pass through the street, over a bridge or what might be seen if a creative rearrangement occurs such as with the idea of a bird and plane crossing in close proximity within an oval shape. I came to Seattle as a printmaker and turned to photography because of practical issues like impermanence or cost of studio spaces and because the idea of a camera as a sketchpad began to satisfy my habit of gathering visual information during bouts of persistent walking. What followed was a love affair with analog and darkroom work. Eventually, I transitioned to the digital age when film/darkroom options began to disappear and digital became the norm. For Instagram followers, my feed can be seen @susangans. The images on this feed are varied. Also, work from a selection of cohesive past and ongoing projects can be seen on my website: https://www.susangans.com.