Examinations of Death

Examinations of Death on the Anniversary, 2006

Media: chromogenic prints, 35mm negatives

This work is a series of color photographs representing the 5th anniversary of my father's death in 2002.  The photographs are presented sqeuentially, as they were taken in a 24 hour period.  

It is peculiar to note the reasoning for the first photograph in the body of images as the image is the reason for the series entirely.  The tree in the photograph was among my favorite in the scene out of the rear window in my home in Jersey City, and the sky was just the perfect amount of blue to make me want to grab my camera - no life changing moment, just beauty, a photograph I would probably never even think of printing, I thought.  The next morning, on the anniversary of my father's death, I woke up to loud thumps coming from the nieghbors yard.  The tree had been cut down and I had been inspired by death to capture the rest of my day's fleeting moments, and I would discover, a nod to the very reason I began taking photographs after my father died, which would eventually define the basis of any lens based fine art series I would ever persue.  

This work was completed under the influence of Mikita Brottman's teachings under the subject of Thanatology at MICA in Baltimore.