Theme of Death

Meditation on the Theme of Death

These photographs are my attempt to capture the two sides of the Day of the Dead: the post-conquest Catholic and pre-Hispanic indigenous traditions. Despite my own lack of religious faith or practice, as a photographer, I find inspiration in the rituals and celebrations of faith near and far, particularly those that unite differing traditions and experience. The Day of the Dead, as celebrated in Oaxaca and surrounding towns, offered especially rich subject matter.

The title of this collection comes from a central teaching of Tibetan Buddhism. This meditation on the theme of death, similar to the celebrations of the Day of the Dead, treat death as a source of inspiration, rather than as something to be feared, affirming the importance of living “in the moment” and using every moment of our life in the most positive possible way.