The Presence of Absence

While working in Cuba in March of 2017, I began developing an essay about Absence. Since then, I’ve noticed this feeling, this resonance in Scotland, on Whidbey Island, and even in older work. It supports my belief that we photograph as we are. I’ve inhabited the fullness of absence since a tragedy in my life in December of 2016.

I know this feeling, this awareness of absence will never leave. I hope to learn to accommodate it by making images that speak to me and offer a bit of solace. The subtitle to my project Loss and Beauty has taken on a greater personal significance for me: creating solace in a land of infinite sorrow.

I offer these essays as a way to see into a creative process. For myself as well as my viewer. Let’s see what evolves.

Mausoleum in Cristobal Colon Cemeterio, Havana

Mausoleum 2 in Cristobal Colon Cemeterio, Havana

Mausoleum 3 in Cristobal Colon Cemeterio, Havana

Flower stand on Whidbey Island, Washington

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