Modern Reliquaries ~ Annie Leibovitz, Pilgrimage

by Jay Blotcher ~ Chronogram Magazine


When a life partner is wrenched from this world, the survivor begins a communion with existence on another level. The deceased is seen in possessions left behind, their presence tangible in a favorite chair or even in an empty room. The corporeal, for the bereaved, now shares space with the evanescent. The result is not a morose view of this plane but a more expansive one in which we acknowledge the vibrations that linger after a life of consequence.

Photographer Annie Leibovitz lost her life partner, the essayist, feminist, and intellectual Susan Sontag, to leukemia in 2004.

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