Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Unmarked - Photos by Stephen Chalmers

Rima Danette Traxler by Stephen Chalmers

These serene landscape photos by Stephen Chalmers contain a deeper message than is first readily interpreted.  Claire O'Neil at the NPR photo blog explains:

... read the titles and you might start to second guess how beautiful they are. The images are scenes where disposed bodies were discovered. The titles are the victims' names. That's the unsettling experience Stephen Chalmers is trying to evoke because that's the experience he had.

It's a morbid idea but somehow beautiful.  I also think it's respectful in the message it sends about violent crime victims, media and the passage of time.  Do you agree?

NPR - Unmarked: Ordinary Scenes with Unsettling Stories 

Stephen Chalmers' site:


  1. cinnamondustbunnyMarch 14, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    a hauntingly exquisite juxtaposition. thank you for sharing. i've never before encountered visual journalism as poetic as this.

    hope you don't mind if i link it, been a shy admirer of your blog a while now, but couldn't keep quiet about this entry.

    1. Thanks for your comment! I agree that this is quite a stunning form of "visual journalism." It's refreshing when compared to the type of media coverage that is normally given to violent crime.


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