All the photos and editing by me.
Death is obviously a topic we will have to deal with, sooner or later. As such, I suppose we all think about it from time to time. In this study, I wanted to express the feelings of the deceased person's lover, depicting his own world collapsing, as she is departing for her last journey.
Some fun facts about the photos:
- My wife and I posed for the couple. I wanted the shroud to make nice folds on her body, so I put it in the water. It was quite cold, and the shooting session was punctuated by interesting shouts and laughs!
- My wife is also posing for the menacing presence, incoming from the background. In a way, she embodies her own death in that image.
- The dead faces in the rifts are made of a plastic skull wrapped in duct tape, to make them look a bit like dried corpses rather than normal skulls.
- If you look carefully in the upper left corner, you will spot a pair of scissors. My wife wanted them to be included there, as a reference to the Parcae. In ancient Roman religion and myth, the Parcae were the female personifications of destiny, often called the Fates in English. They controlled the metaphorical thread of life of every mortal and immortal from birth to death (which occurred when they cut the thread with their scissors).