Reaching In   (ongoing series)


How do you grieve for people you don’t know? Reaching In, explores that notion through a collection of shells gathered from the river with found images from glass plate negatives printed on them. 


Visiting the river became an escape from my day job in forensics, during the pandemic. At the river, I found refuge away from cellular service, chaos and people. While there, I began collecting shells from the bottom of the river and bringing them home. Quickly I amassed a pile of shells. These shells, paired with found images, became momentos of grief and helped me visualize the invisible weight I carry with me after engaging with someone after death.

© 2021 by Alivia Magaña