I began taking photographs of roadside memorials during a trip to New Mexico several years ago. There, in the desert and beside the highways, people had installed and created beautiful monuments to celebrate the life of their loved ones. You could sense the power of these now sacred sites.
Some were created using stones, turquoise in particular, crosses, flowers, and other natural materials combined with objects that may be significant, personal or symbolic to the family. I was struck by the artistic outpouring of passion that resulted in.public sculpture that could remind passersby of the reality of life and death. This art form has intrigued me since then and I have captured many memorials as I have traveled in different parts of the country.
While the creators of the memorials are anonymous the emotional energy is very evident and a testament to the collective creativity and capacity for love inherent in us.