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An exploratory journey, observing beauty in death. Capturing the essence of life in stills, forever preserving these moments in time. Every life experiences death, coping with it is different for all.

Death is not the worst thing that will ever happen to us, and because of this, to treat it as such is foolish. To accept death does not mean to be morose and world weary; in fact, people who accept it are usually happier. In that way, they can learn to truly appreciate the life they have, while they have it.

Because of the nature of death, it is a subject we as people don't like to talk about or witness. It's borderline taboo. The death of an animal, however, is something easier to swallow. This is because we don't have a visual connection to animals. We will never be a deer, or a bird, or the opossum on the side of the road. To look at a dead animal is to face death with ease. To look at a dead human, however, is a different matter altogether. In the lifeless eyes of a cadaver, we see ourselves reflected back at us, the reality that we are wholly, utterly, temporary.


About the Author

Cristina Kalpa
CristinaK88 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Pittsburgh based amateur photographer going to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Photography is a passion, animals are another. I specialize in fine art nature, and in this way I can combine my love of both.

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