The story of “The Red Violin” is a great example of how seemingly inanimate objects can step out of their boundaries and develop into their own being through our own. From the violin’s birth by its crafter its life began and it went on to live for more than three centuries not only taking on many owners but also creating relationships with them, taking on new compositions, and taking another breath with every stride of its bow. This violin fulfilled the lives of musicians and the ears of listeners while at the same time they have fulfilled its own. Our belongings, which seem to simply be inanimate objects to most, often cross that line and take on a life just as the “Red Violin” did. The lives of a home, a bicycle, or even a camera are all established through their owners and with their living these objects also live vicariously.
Our mortality is forever reinforced by the reapers hand and with its touch lives change, relationships evolve, and our corpses go on to lie in eternal rest. The lives of our belongings are affected by the wrath of death just as our mortal ones are; in most cases their lives go on but in some it ceases all together. Belongings that may have once been treasured get passed on or auctioned off but the ones that are left behind become remnants of the dead synonymous to the corpses that occupy graves in a cemetery. The once fulfilled lives of these objects evolve into lives of desolation taking on the form of relics that to most mean nothing. With our death these objects relationships evolve, their lives change, and they are ever affected by our extent of mortality.
Unlike our own death there can be an afterlife for these objects. Through photography I have commissioned such a revival by capturing the left behind; the remnants of an old man who left his home and belongings to his children. With little to no meaning to them these things were abandoned and laid to rest as was he. These remnants now live to be beheld, to stir emotion, to send a message depicting how death is beyond us in more ways than one.