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I was reading lately about sentimentality. The author suggested that one of the characteristics of sentimentality is that it downplays or even ignores the ugly, the evil, the undesirable. I sometimes wonder if my photos don't do this, and thus are guilty of sentimentality. But then, it seems to me that there's no need to display the ugly, the evil, etc.: all you have to do to see that is turn on the tv, go to the movies, read a newspaper. And I'm reminded of what Matisse once wrote: "What I dream of is an art of balance, purity and serenity . . . I want my work to be soothing, so that the exhausted, overworked and stressed spectator finds rest and calm in it." I'm sympathetic to that view, though I suspect it can lead to work that does fall over into sentimentality. And exactly where is the line to be drawn between Matisse's dream and the sentimental?