One of my foundational beliefs as a Christian is resurrection: God brings life out of death. This expectation of new life permeates everything I do–secular and spiritual. The season of Halloween–and its many cultural interpretations–is rooted in a tradition of honoring the dead. One way that Day of the Dead does this is by animating skulls, and filling representations of death with vivid colors.
In this shoot, Ashley and I felt liberated by our appearance. The vibrant color, and the handiwork of Annamarie, the gifted artist who designed our masks, empowered us to show emotion in unconventional ways. We did not need to smile or show our teeth to show the connection we shared to one another, and to practice, in a small way, resurrection. – Chase
One of the first things I remember learning to draw was a skeleton. It was what my dad instructed most of his kindergartners when he taught art in Columbus. It made sense to teach a skull because that was the foundation for learning how to draw a face and no matter the differences in faces, our skulls look the same.