In this series, I combine the sometimes harsh reality of post mortem tintypes with symbolism used in posthumous paintings of the same era. Recording the dead as a treasured remembrance was common practice in the 19th century. The tintype was a new affordable photographic process available to the masses and in many cases the only recorded image of the person. Mortality rates were high especially among mothers and children (it was common for babies to remain unnamed until after their first year of life). Death was an intimate experience which took place at home. Preparation was often carried out by women who embraced death as a fact of life. In these images I incorporate specific flowers, colors, fabrics and objects that had significant meaning in posthumous paintings.
There is always sadness with death and the tears incorporated in each image pay tribute to both the deceased and the ones left behind.
Archival Digital Prints- Edition of 10- 24 x 16.5" $ 960.