Monday, January 14, 2013

Time and Place: Gravedigger

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM

This photo was taken on January 5, 2012, at 2:41 p.m. in Monroe, Ga. I was exploring the back roads of Monroe with my cohort Joeff Davis. We were walking through a cemetery. During our search, we came upon two men digging the grave of a 1-year-old who had recently passed away. Even before the dozer had pierced the earth, the boy's loss had been memorialized in a patch of bright white sand, with various action figures and a plastic firetruck next to photos of him. The air was still and silent and the men worked with stone-faced diligence. In this photo, Francisco Hernandez flattens the the dirt of the six-foot-deep hole in preparation for the casket's imminent descent.

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