Douglas G. Stinson | Beauty in Transition

Vanitas is an important genre of still life that juxtaposes beauty with symbols of decay. It moralistically seeks to remind one of one’s own mortality; that the pleasures of the day are fleeting.

In my images I hold a mirror to that concept, and seek instead to show how in every stage of life – including death – beauty develops. Instead of fear of mortality I hope to bring a feeling of continuity, optimism and joy.

Beauty often lies obscured and I use a variety of photographic techniques to bring it to the surface, while seeking to maintain a truthful representation of the subject.