At the center of the short story I received is Van, not so much suffering as functioning with a strange addiction. As Van consumes pieces of earth, she is simultaneously consumed by new life within and life forces from outside. In her response, Van struck me as passive, allowing life to unfurl its consequences much like the magic spiral from the game of M.A.S.H., or the pet embryos she later imagines, “They never want anything.” These themes of passivity, consumption, and suffocation are what I hoped to carry over in my photos.
Thomas Rose is an everyman from Greater Boston. He copyedits a death blog for cash and in his downtime dabbles in the arts, principally photo, music, and poetry.