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 photo of female mask used as gun target
  • black and white profile of a mummified bird skull
  • dramatic black and white photo of vintage hammer head
  • black and white macro close up of gardening tool
  • black and white photo of female mask used as gun target
  • ar15 rifle part viewed from below
  • black and white photo of intertwined stems of dried sea plant
  • black and white macro close up of a sheep's lower teeth
  • bird skeleton held in a man's hands
  • black and white close up of a High Standard Sentinel .22 revolver trigger
  • dramatic black and white photo of Master measuring tape
  • black and white photo of tool used to drill holes
  • black and white close up of a High Standard Sentinel .22 revolver trigger
  • black and white snapshot with year 1937 written in corner
  • black and white extreme macro close up of thorns
  • dramatic black and white photo of Master measuring tape
  • black and white macro shot of two thorny stems
  • black and white photo of Halloween mask
  • black and white macro close up of a barnacle fragment
  • dramatic black and white photo of vintage safety glasses