memento mori

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Created: 06/08/12
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If there is a god, it can be found through aesthetics. This higher power speaks through the artist and we are its scribe.

I have always been fascinated with the idea of capturing the true essence within a photograph, the possibility of taking an element essential to life and breathing it into an aesthetic experience for the viewer. Inspiration for the imagery lies in Victorian post-mortem photographs and photographs capturing occult practice.

The ability to capture essence has always been an alluring and haunting concept. To this day there are cultures with a reasonable fear of the camera and its inherent ability to lure the soul from its resting place with promise of permanence and bind it forever in silver nitrate. Throughout my life there has been a reoccurring theme and this is emulated through the work that I do.

This series of images is a celebration of caatharsis. Some of the most intense possibilities become real in those final moments. I know that personally, I have always been fascinated with the idea of capturing the human crux within a photograph, the possibility of taking an element essential to life and breathing it into an experience for the viewer.
  • Memento Mori
    remember you must die...
  • If there is a god, it can be found through aesthetics. This higher power speaks through the artist and we are its scribe.

    I have always been fascinated with the idea of capturing the true essence within a photograph, the possibility of taking an element essential to life and breathing it into an aesthetic experience for the viewer. Inspiration for the imagery lies in Victorian post-mortem photographs and photographs capturing occult practice.

    The ability to capture essence has always been an alluring and haunting concept. To this day there are cultures with a reasonable fear of the camera and its inherent ability to lure the soul from its resting place with promise of permanence and bind it forever in silver nitrate. Throughout my life there has been a reoccurring theme and this is emulated through the work that I do.

    Some of the most intense possibilities become real in those final moments. I know that personally, I have always been fascinated with the idea of capturing the human crux within a photograph, the possibility of taking an element essential to life and breathing it into an experience for the viewer.
  • NOTE: The following images are not for sale however are a beautiful sample of wardrobe available and the possibilities.  I will make custom Memento Mori, using you as the subject.  Each piece will be printed on Hahnemuehle German Etching paper and filagree will be silk screened by hand.  The image will then be framed and forever sealed in resin.  Additionally, a plaster deathmask can be made and then fitted into a custom box as seen above.  Please email me for details and pricing.
  • Each memento mori piece is housed in its own shrine to the deceased.
  • Brass hinges and filagree adorn the box with the utmost reverie.
  • After completion of the shrine, the image is encased in resin, sealing it.
  • The box can be opened to reveal each of the deceased's face, in true deathmask form.

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