Husband, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans, Louisiana
Aging cast urn is inscribed with the epitaph “Husband” in this still life photograph at Lafayette Cemetery No 1 in the New Orleans. The theme of the photograph is a classic Vanitas still life painting reminiscent of post renaissance Netherlands and Flanders. In the urn is a red rose, symbol of love and vitality, but dried signifying the passing of the marital relationship of husband and wife. Other elements emphasize the sense of the temporary: dead leaves, bare twigs, pitted marble. In contrast are the sprigs of new plants that grow from under the urn. Their bright green provides a counterpoint to the muted greys, whites, and browns; thus promising re-birth and renewal.