Sage Green


My work performs the act of mourning. In this body of photographs, I resurrect the items previously owned by my great-grandmother as I explore the new reality those who are living face after losing a loved one. I am curious about how we grieve and remember moments from the past. Asking myself the question, when we no longer can physically hold onto our loved ones, what are the ways that we can still find moments of connection? I use the ambiguity offered by the lumen print process to illuminate the trace of the past in the presence. I examine and utilize these objects the same way many found solace and mourned through spirit photography. This body of work consists of objects that my family has kept after my great-grandmother’s death to create lumen prints. After an entire day of exposure, the lumen print is the only evidence of the thing itself, which becomes a metaphorical representation of what once was.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Photograms--Themes, motives; Photograms--Technique; Grief in art

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Degree Name

Photography and Related Media (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CAD)


Joshua Thorson

Advisor/Committee Member

Carole Woodlock

Advisor/Committee Member

Ahndraya Parlato


RIT – Main Campus

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