Martha is my friend's hen, who seems to prefer humans to chickens. Every evening when it's time to be put away into the hen house, she refuses to go in, and instead prefers the warmth and human contact in the farmhouse kitchen.

When I woke up at the farm this week, I found Rwbi standing in the kitchen in the beautiful light and asked her to hold Martha while I grabbed my camera. The portrait wasn't planned and that's why I think there's a feeling of spontaneity and authenticity about it. It's been said that as a photographer, one should click the shutter only when you feel something. I love the painterly effect that winter light brings, with all its shadows creating a Vermeer type of quiet portrait.