A printer's chop is either applied with ink and a stamp or by embossing the paper. It is an acknowledgement not only of the expertise of the printer but also a confirmation that the print has been inspected and passed muster with the printer/printshop. A chop is, literally, the printmaker's stamp of approval. For Flat Earth Photography, it is also a mark that distinguishes commercial photographic prints from fine art prints. The chop can only be applied to the heavier, fine art papers used for specific editions of photographs. This chop includes my initials (MSL) as well as the alchemical symbol for the Earth element which is associated with Prithvi in Hindu mythology. Quite apropos for my approach to my art: grounded, nurturing, giver of life Prithvi is the Hindu earth and mother goddess. According to one such tradition, she is the personification of the Earth itself; according to another, its actual mother, being Prithvi Tattwa, the essence of the element earth. As Prithvi Mata, or "Mother Earth", she contrasts with Dyaus Pita, "father sky". In the Rigveda, earth and sky are frequently addressed as a duality, often indicated by the idea of two complementary "half-shells."