CALIFORNIA'S NATIONAL CEMETERIES

There are 135 national cemeteries in the United States and Puerto Rico maintained by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Of the nine national cemeteries in the state of California, only five remain open for new interments. I have photographed these five cemeteries with an eye to space being set aside for future burials.

My approach is conceptional. I have photographed these landscapes in such a way that there are few indications of their future purpose. Many are beautiful, most are quiet contemplative spaces that appear appropriately respectful and still.

When one looks at these images, it is difficult to think about war and death and suffering, yet these realities of our modern world are about to be etched into this landscape. I want people to think about this and decide what they might do to prevent a future war or what they might teach others about what the past tells us whether we can actually see it in front of us or not.

CALIFORNIA'S NATIONAL CEMETERIES
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San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
Riverside National Cemetery
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Bakersfield National Cemetery
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Riverside National Cemetery