Gemma O’Mahony

 

 

As a photographer I enjoy using traditional photographic methods to exemplify my work, this mainly consists of landscape and documentary photography.

 

In this project I explore the idea of how we remember the dead and to examine the relationship between identity and existence.

Looking specifically at headstones and the items people have chosen to leave, the images give an insight into who these people were when they were alive and also the people who visit them.
I have chosen to remove the names from the headstones to highlight the importance of the name and how much it is a part of our identity.

This also changes the dynamics of the grave, we no longer know who is buried there and is almost like the deceased never even existed.

The subject of remembering the dead is significant to me but it is something that we can all relate to.

 

These images were made in Borough Cemetery where most of my family have been buried.