Back in February I had to photograph some of the hardest things I have ever had to take pictures of. Life and death has a weird relationship especially when it comes to photographing the loved ones left behind. People don't like to be photographed when they are morning and trust me I don't enjoy photographing it. It feels invasive, rude, and disrespectful to name a few aspects of photographing such events but to me it is essential. Not photographing Death is like cutting off the end of a documentary and in the simplest way I can put it Not photographing death is ignoring a huge part of life. Without death life would lose a part of its meaning, and if we lived forever we'd probably take everyday for granted. I didn't photograph every aspect of my friend Dustin's passing. There are times when the camera shouldn't be present and there are moments in life where you just need to take the moment for what it is and be there for the people you love. There are also times where we need to remember in order to learn, in order to love, and in order to grow. This is one of those times.
I chose to shoot most of those moments in film because for me film seems to be something left behind, but we remember it for its nostalgia and its appealing colors. There are people and times I wont forget, these moments featured below are exactly that. Photographs burned into my mind forever with people I wont forget. Go D.