A bruised sunset over the Canal du Midi near Santenay, France. Yasmine Rafii carries her camera most places and shoots all of the time. Some images become raw material for compositing, some are simple documents, most are deleted and a very few move forward into final processing. Each of Yasmine's deceptively simple, contemplative compositions are the result of many hours of shooting and searching out the right location at the right time. Yasmine says, "What I love about travel is how it sharpens the senses. Away from everyday reality, a new environment stimulates perception and sensory awareness. This image, taken on a walk along the Canal du Centre at sunset captures air redolent with later summer humidity and the coming of rain showers. It is a scene full of memories of summers past, the beginning of the school year and the end of fun."

- Yasmine Rafii