Location: Maynard, Massachusetts, United States
"In Lieu of Flowers" is an ongoing series of memorial portraits of the transpeople murdered in the United States and Puerto Rico due to transphobia, state violence, and neglect. Part mourning ritual and part photograph, I use the roses from my garden and portraits primarily made by the subjects themselves to create a series of anthotypes, images created using photosensitive material from plants and the sun that cannot be fixed, therefore will eventually fade. This process is an act of devotion and extended witnessing over the course of the days- to weeks-long exposures. The resulting work is an examination of community, loss, time, and the impossible effort to extend both the life of their roses and the memory of these stolen lives.