Life Cycle


Out of darkness
a light gleams,
it shimmers.

Out of darkness
a warmth seeps,
soothing.

In the darkness
the light fades,
it dwindles.

In the darkness
the warmth wanes,
until the end.
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The series Life Cycle is inspired by masks created by Henry Cowdery and brought to fruition through compositing and digital manipulation. Each mask is a representation of different points in life: birth, life, and death. As the cycle begins, the photograph representing Birth is vibrant and effervescent. The light surrounds the figure; illuminating her with warmth. The figure’s fetal position also alludes to the beginning of life: birth. The photograph representing Life is still vibrant; however, it also portrays the chaos that comes with life. The scattered bubbles, the illusion of flailing limbs, and erratic, disjointed movement collectively depict the struggle and uncertainty of life. Fading Life illustrates the transition between life and death. As life fades into death, Fading Life’s color palate becomes increasingly muted, symbolizing the gradual loss of vibrancy that occurs in life’s cycle. The spirited movement that was initially evident in Life progressively diminishes in intensity: the scattered bubbles are fewer; and the body becomes lax and phlegmatic, eventually sinking to the bottom of the photo’s edges just as a lifeless figure sinks downward in an abyss. Finally with Death, the light is almost nonexistent and as the human figure reaches towards the faint glimmer, all that remains is the inevitable rebirth.

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