The poses of the figure in our images are inspired by the beautiful figurative memorial statuary throughout Forest Hills Cemetery, particularly the statues of female angels. Even as we were drawn to those dramatic sculptures, we were struck by their highly romantic portrayal of death and grief. We responded to this romanticism by going a little over the top with our own stylized portraits of female figures of Fortitude and Despair. Our images are both heartfelt and a little campy. We enjoyed the contradiction of using a very contemporary, even commercial, technology to create a romantic and stylized memorial to sincere emotional responses to loss.
in the Trees, we used small white stones to mark the shadows of
a pair of trees as a way to memorialize a fleeting natural event. Our
project for ReVisited grew from an interest in how art within the cemetery,
specifically figurative sculpture, depicts and memorializes feelings related
to death. With these lenticular photographs we offer a 21st century interpretation
of the traditional Victorian memorial sculptures in Forest Hills Cemetery.
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