Object Lessons

This is an ongoing project that began with a study of my great-grandfather’s old tools and expanded to include other left-behind artifacts. What survives death, the bones, teeth, claws, shells, etc.—are an organism’s ways of protecting itself, and its means for changing its environment. While our tools and weapons are manufactured, theirs have been the product of evolution. Ultimately, they serve the same functions.

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  • black and white extreme macro close up of thorns
  • dramatic black and white photo of Master measuring tape
  • black and white photo of delicate bird skeleton
  • black and white close up of a High Standard Sentinel .22 revolver trigger
  • black and white close up of a High Standard Sentinel .22 revolver trigger
  • dramatic photo of the hinge on an artist's compass
  • black and white macro close up of central mechanism in hand drill
  • dramatic black and white photo of Master measuring tape
  • black and white photo of intertwined stems of dried sea plant
  • black and white macro close up of two conjoined barnacles
  • black and white macro shot of two thorny stems
  • black and white photo of music box mechanism
  • black and white photo of plastic female head used as target at gun range
  • bird skeleton held in a man's hands
  • black and white macro close up of a sea urchin missing some spines
  • black and white macro close up of dirty and broken glasses with american flag motif
  • black and white macro close up of dirty and broken glasses with american flag motif
  • black and white photo of music box mechanism
  • dramatic black and white photo of vintage hammer
  • black and white macro close up of marionberry thorns