Eddie was fascinated by fireworks and anything that made a big bang throughout his life.
He worked in the military’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal, but it was a lost cigarette ember – when he was about to set off a large private firework display – that killed him.
Eddie lived to be 34 years old.

The inspiration for these paintings comes from the Ma’nene ceremony in Indonesia, where families open family graves, bring out their dead relatives, dress them in nice clothes, celebrate the rice harvest with them and take pictures with them before putting them back in their graves. Honoring one’s ancestors in this way is believed to bring good luck.
This ceremony seems very far-fetched in our Western culture, but it inspired me to create a series of “posthumous portraits”.
What if we took portrait photos of our deceased relatives?
Could we sense their past lives and living personalities in them?