Laura Letinsky is a fine art still life photographer whose painterly images make use of natural light to highlight spare form and color. Her unusual approach to her imagemaking often features food in varying states of ripeness, and subjects often show signs of being overhandled or nearly used up. I began to think about the idea of leftovers. It became important for me on a number of levels, because it has to do with what you do after the promise, when you realize the promise is not possible. This is fundamental to any utopian notion--the promise and its demise. You can't have utopia without its loss.