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The Paintings

My first digital photography assignment. It's all so weird.


Death is sometimes sudden, and if not sudden, is something that is difficult to approach in a logical and sensible way until the impact of emotions starts to fade. It is found, not so much in the identifiable absence of another but in the small ways their absence makes itself known.


Reminders of individuals who have died are most powerful in the objects they leave behind. The people who inherit them are left with items that activate memories and are heavy with emotional investments, but at the same time these are most often objects that were part of another person’s life history and don’t always comfortably fit into the inheritees life as easily. At times these objects can be impractical, can fail to function in another person’s life and yet because of the emotional investments, those memories that are tied into the objects, they are impossible to part with.


And so we learn to live with them, we learn to make these objects a part of our lives or a part of ourselves and yet because they can, at times, not fit into our lives they become heavy with burden. They are weighed down with memory, made larger by our thoughts.


In The Burden of What Remains I chose to visually represent this burden with scale and width and try to let the objects speak for themselves, to let the objects represent the burden, sometimes with and sometimes without the people who have been left to live with them

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Taken on January 29, 2009