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Twiced Removed - 2018 - present

Twice Removed is an ongoing project of photographing headstone portraits in cemeteries mainly in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. I hope to continue the series and expand my search to further locales.

My concept initially began with a reverence towards people and their final resting place on Earth and the gaze they left behind.

It then furthered with photographing a photograph and how it relates to time, conceptually and aesthetically, and death, presenting the Universal commonplace, the definite definition of completion in both absence and presence.

This series title comes from an artist friend’s response to seeing the first few images of this series:

“There is so much fragility, history, permanence, and temporal aspects going on. Talk about the concept of Time.  This captures it in one go.  I want to know the story behind each one. they are emotive, subtle, and striking at the same time. They are beautiful and sad. The picture of a picture is interesting since the artifacts themselves are a representation of the real thing. So your photos are like an image twice removed from its origin or original source. With each layer of distance a kind of story or history is starting to stack up literally and metaphorically.”

- Laura V.



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