photography

Placing Stones

 
 
 

The series, Placing Stones visually addresses loss. The work stems from personal experience and the challenge has been to place that experience in a broader context. The project title refers to the Jewish commemoration ritual of leaving a small stone by the grave of a loved one. According to custom, stones evoke eternity, and are considered well suited to symbolize the permanence of memory. In addition, placing a stone serves as both a physical marker and “mitzvah” or good deed. In the images, stones are incorporated with family photographs to examine loss, identity, and memory. The work addresses the importance of reimagining traditions, as a way to foster the development of new Jewish culture.