Kris Vervaeke, Juror’s Pick (Stacey Clarkson), Project Prize (2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Kris Vervaeke
Juror’s Pick, Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize

“Kris Vervaeke’s collection of photographs documenting decaying images found on tombstones in China demonstrates tremendous grace and intelligence. With uncommon elegance, the project provides viewers contemplative space to ponder its many layers of meaning involving ritual, loss, time, community, and even photography itself. It is a sensitive and dignified collection of fine-art documentary work.”—Stacey D. Clarkson

This is one of more than six hundred pictures I have taken of the images found on tombstones in Chinese graveyards; images that have been exposed over time to rain, sun, extreme temperatures, and humidity.

The series delves into the perishable nature of the human body. The fading images mirror the mortality and insignificance of human life. As the faces fade further with time, anonymity returns to the individuals, and once again, they become part of nature.

—Kris Vervaeke

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