In 2009, a few months after my dad died, my sister’s husband’s family planned a beach trip. I went, but it felt odd. There I was, in one of the sunniest places, and all I could see was grief and gray. I snapped a photo and put it in black and white. And I liked how it turned out.
And from there my photo project was born—California Monochromatic—traveling from one end to the other, taking photos of the Golden State and stripping the sunniness out of them.
Here a small selection of photos from the project.
And finally this was my dad’s grave. It seemed very peaceful then.
It looks really different now. The tree was cut down and there are new graves all around his now.