There is an unconscious link between abandonment and death. The unknown and anonymous frighten us because it comes unexplained. Xenophobia: fear of the unknown. This link raises awareness of our mortality and condition as humans. Why is it, when you enter an abandoned house or walk through solitary woods, we become suddenly alert and frightened? Abandoned objects raise innumerable questions about its history and the previous owner’s past and what lead it to be left behind. But most importantly, it raises awareness about our future and mortality.
We don’t want to be forgotten after death, to think that our lives are worthless and without purpose. By documenting these objects in their original state, I aim to raise my own personal fears regarding mortality and our mark in history. Will the simple act of thinking about our past ancestors and those deceased, rekindle they’re lost worth and existence? Time capsules and archaeology become a vivid example of this societal fear. To dig into the past and raise unanswerable questions, we attempt to bring the lives of the past back. To believe our lives are not worthless and we leave a visible trace of our existence.
Along with the aim to raise awareness on waste, I have shot these images with the intention to blur the boundaries between abandonment and our inner fears. These images were shot in different locations for a period of 7 months. These places include Ecuador, Ontario, Calgary, Southern Alberta, and Western Saskatchewan.