My first angels were captured in medium format on black and white film, which I scanned. I solarized those images to better convey the spiritual dimensions of the angles, graveyards and offerings, but was never satisfied with the outcome.
By 2006, I was using a digital SLR and went to Guatemala, where the graveyard at Chichicastenango was a fantasy of colors, a village of tombs on a hillside. In Panajachel the graveyard was comprised mostly of nichos, small compartments in a burial wall or crypt, and each one telling a story.
One such nicho was a celebration of a beloved teacher, David Lebold, who passed away in 2004 Panajachel at the age of 63. His memorial reads “Although your body is no longer with us, you will live on in the memory of many children.”
Gravesites are works of art, as they embody the invisible by depicting the beliefs, hopes and lives of a people. They create a vision of heaven on earth or perhaps a portal to the afterlife.