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Rachel Cox

SPE Member since 2006
Member Chapter: Midwest

Shiny Ghost

In my project Shiny Ghost, I have documented the final years of my Grandmother’s life as she was suffering from a degenerative brain disease. The images were made during moments of conversation, gesture, and experiences of death. The variety of photographic approaches towards the subjects are representative of a frantic need to record all aspects of my knowledge of her (whether performative or candid) in a hopes that these moments could be pieced together again, attempting to construct a more accurate portrait of how I would remember her. My Grandmother and I had a tumultuous relationship, never thoroughly understood, and missed connections of tastes and values flourished throughout our entire lives. Looking back on this project, the photographs reveal the deeper connection we had been sharing for years, constituted of mutual vulnerability and trust, acted upon even in death.



Two Turtles

Coffee and E-Cigarette



Mind Meld

Same Knees

First and Last

Bequeath This, Glass

Picture of a Dog Picture


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