A. When I resolved to re-create certain lost images, I decided that I couldn't just do this on a surface level by merely duplicating the subject. This would not be artistic, nor would it faithful to what the photograph meant to me. I approached this by first asking myself "what is it that made this particular photograph important enough to me to rise into one of my top 10 favorite lost images? Usually it involved a specific photographic technique or a moment. Sometimes it related to a memory, or a stage I went through as a artist. I considered the answer to this as "the essence" of the piece, and I then set out to re-create that essence. When I re-created the bird landing, for example, it was less important to me that it be a large bird of prey, like the original, or that it be landing on a mountain ridge, like the original. What was important was that it would take place at dusk so that the darkness was presented in contrasting shades of grey. This mirrored the original. Also, the "decisive moment" had to be achieved - in this case, the moment just as the bird's concentration shifted into high gear, and it changed its angle and focus as it prepared to land. By doing it this way, I felt it was not only a more true homage to the original, but it made me better tell the story, through narrative. I feel that the narrative for each re-creation is important - it makes the book special and different, and I think more interesting to the reader. The narrative also makes it more of a soul-baring experience for me, which I wanted.