To Be, Rather Than to Seem

Esse quam videri or To Be, Rather Than to Seem is also the state motto of North Carolina. As the title suggests, the images in this ongoing series, though stark and somewhat strange, depict raw moments that encapsulate the essence of rural life in my home state. By focusing on humor, pain, sadness and the bizarre in my pictures — the subjects of these images present the viewer with the multiple aspects of both life and death as witnessed in various locations across North Carolina.