Imagining Life & Death was a project in which subjects were engaged in different forms of dialogue and interaction in an attempt to facilitate a search for answers to questions regarding the meaning of life, the existence of God, and whether there is life after death. The visual works created from this discourse included still photographs using the wet-plate collodion process, videos, fake obituaries and photo/sculptural works.
Visual interpretation of a poem written by Craig Lomax (the subject) that speaks to the saving power of Jesus Christ. Following is an excerpt, "As I approach death I feel like I am paddling down a river of marvelous beauty, worthy adventures, and terrible dangers -- all the while knowing that a great inescapable waterfall, the end, lies ahead at some mysterious point. Although no human can possibly manage surviving, I have been promised to somehow find myself unharmed on the downside; caught by my hero in an embrace of victorious welcome."
Visual interpretation of the beliefs of Lobsang Tsultrim. The following is an excerpt from what he wrote regarding his beliefs, "As part of my Buddhist practice I meditate on impermanence and the fact that I will die so this is a feeling I am very familiar with. I am not afraid of dying because only my body dies. My consciousness will continue with my rebirth when I am reincarnated."
Triptych interpreting the near death experience of Heather Allen where God appeared to her as a loving, large pair of hands.
Triptych interpreting what the subject (Rich Lillo) wrote regarding the meaning of life. Following is an excerpt: "I think the value of one’s life cannot be measured so much by what they do while on earth, but rather the impact their life has made once they are gone. The ripples in a pond will continue to expand long after the stone has sunk to the bottom. Having been involved in the lives of teenagers for most of my adult life through youth ministry I look back, with tears on my cheeks and joy in my heart, thinking about the hundreds of lives I had the privilege to be a part of during my time on earth."
Polytych of a single wet-plate collodion negative broken to pieces and printed after each break. This series is a visual representation of the beliefs of Dee Levan who has been influenced by Hindu and Buddhist teachings. The following is a quote from what she wrote, "Now that I am on the non-physical plane, I see that there is truth in every spiritual tradition, and that the most important action we can take as human beings is to embrace our Oneness and to follow the Golden Rule."
Triptych based on what BJ Ueltzen wrote about life, death and the meaning of life. Following is an excerpt, "I believe that I was a spiritual person, meant to model my faith in acts of love and kindness. Through me, God worked tiny miracles and brought peace and joy to those I touched and taught. I was literally the handmaiden of God on Earth. "
A fake obituary where the participants were photographed and wrote their own obituaries. Obituaries were printed on news stock and formatted to appear as a real one would.
Approximately 200 bleached leaves with portraits printed on them forming a photo-based sculptural work of art illustrating the fragility of life.