When understood as material artifacts, digital photographs are able to do more than represent other times and other places. Their materiality creates performative possibilities of accident and agency that can be particularly useful during times of mourning. This poetic essay responds to a photograph of the author's mother that he took with his cellphone shortly after her death.
Moment.jpg: Ontological Desire, Mourning, and Materiality
David P. Terry is Assistant Professor of performance studies in the Department of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University. Correspondence to: David P. Terry, Department of Communication Studies, Louisiana State University, 136 Coates Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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David P. Terry; Moment.jpg: Ontological Desire, Mourning, and Materiality. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2015; 4 (4): 52–64. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2015.4.4.52
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