making death beautiful
As a year comes to a close, it is only natural to look back over the past months and reflect upon what has transpired.
Like I mentioned last week in my post about photo contests, in 2008, I shot a lot of sports and a lot of the people that death left behind.
I was at the Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park where 5 women were murdered (photo above), I was at Northern Illinois University after a gunman shot to death 5 students and then himself in a lecture hall, I was at countless crime scenes in Chicago as the city vied for the dubious title of murder capital of the United States and most recently I covered the Aurora helicopter crash and the Hudson family killings.
In each of these situations I have made photos that are graphically pleasing and sometimes even beautiful.
I am not sure if this is because I am trying to make pretty pictures as a way to deal with being confronted by death on almost a weekly basis or if the grieving process itself with its flowers and formal clothes is inherently photogenic.