Elegy

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Lilies were never photographed in my studio...

After completing three large bodies of botanical work, lilies had been completely and successfully avoided. Others took notice of this. Conversations ensued.

And then, the universe stepped in with a plan that unfolded like the petals of a blooming flower. One day, in what looked like thorough happenstance, black lilies crossed my path and came home with me. Unknowing how ( if even if) they would be used, the blooms were placed in water and set aside in favor of another shoot.

That night, awakened by a start, my wife asked me to turn on the television. She had a terrible feeling. The national channels were all broadcasting from a live crime scene. It was the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Within moments, the reason for the black flowers became more than apparent. I got out of bed, selected one, and created A Lily for Orlando. It was done in real time as the event continued to play out.

Once the image was completed, my hope was that it would adequately honor those we had just lost. There was absolutely no thought of doing others: it was a one off.

Unfortunately, the summer of 2016 was racked with tragedy: unjustifiable and unspeakable acts of violence took many more innocent lives.Over the next two years images were created to memorialize some of these events, and the fallen at each. It is our hope that this body of work is received in the nature in which it was created: with respect and reverence.


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for Pulse Nightclub

12 June 2016

49 deaths

gunfire

Once I shot the image for Orlando, I put the lily back in the vase, and thought that this would be a one off.

Unfortunately, the following months were hit with tragedy after tragedy—a series of senseless and random acts of violence that resulted in many losses. It went on for over two years, and in some ways the end is still unwritten. Elegy, I hope for some, will be a call to action. My heart is and was torn, and what has resulted is this project—ELEGY.

 
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for london bridge
london, U.K.

3 June 2017
3 deaths
van v. pedestrian

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for Timothy Caughman
New York, NY

25 March 2017
1 death
knife attack by white supremacist

 

for munich

22 July 2016
9 deaths
gunfire

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for tree of life temple
Pittsburgh, Pa

27 October 2018
11 deaths
gunfire

 
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for charlottesville, VA

13 August 2017
free speech / peaceful assembly

 
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For Denver
(walmart)

2 November 2017
6 deaths
gunfire

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for M. S. Douglas High School
parkland, FL

14 February 2018
17 deaths
gunfire

 
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for Danny Mariscal
Los angeles, ca

18 August 2017
1 death
gunfire

for father Jacques hamel
st. étienne, france

26 July 2016
1 death
knife

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for soho
New York

31 October 2017
8 deaths
van v. pedestrians / bicyclists

 
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for Las vegas

1 October 2017
58 deaths
gunfire

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Jo Cox
Bristall, U.K.

16 June 2016
1 death
gun & knife

 
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for Marseille
france

1 October 2017
2 deaths
knife attack

 
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for stockholm

5 April 2017
5 deaths
truck v. pedestrians

 
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for westminster, London

22 March 2017
5 Deaths
car v. pedestrian

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for pavel sheremet
Journalist
Kiev, Ukraine

20 July 2016
1 death
car bomb

 
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for Linz
austria

30 June 2017
2 deaths
knife attack

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for Heather Heyer
Charlottesville, VA

13 August 2017
automobile v. protester
1 death

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For Sgt. Ron Helus
thousand Oaks, CA

8 November 2018
1 death
gunfire

 
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for london
U.K.

3 June 2017
5 deaths
knife attack

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for taliesin
portland, or

26 May 2017
2 deaths (attack on bus)
knife

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for Christmas Market
berlin, germany

19 December 2016
12 deaths
truck v. pedestrians

 
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for Barcelona
spain

17 August 2017
16 deaths
van v. pedestrians

 
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for Manchester

22 May 2017
22 deaths
bomb

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For sutherland Springs Church
texas

5 November 2017
28 deaths
gunfire

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for daphne galizia
Journalist
Malta

16 October 2017
1 death
car bomb

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for thousand Oaks
California

8 November 2018
12 deaths
gunfire

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for Nice
france

14 July 2016
87 deaths
truck v. pedestrians

My heart continues to be torn, but now in a different way. People seeing the images all together for the first time are sharing the most amazingly poignant stories. Our goal is that ELEGY not only pay homage, but be both an inspiration and call to action as it travels the country.

Jeffrey

LA, CA.

 
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