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Alcatraz has had many past lives as a fortress, prison, and refuge. On this island, death can be seen in the dying of the prison, the park’s grim past, the memory of those who passed here, and the decaying of buildings and structures. Yet, Alcatraz, itself, has been born again, this time as a national park. Millions of visitors breath new life into the island every year. Beautiful plants garnish the island and flourish in their spaces. Buildings and structures are slowly being restored. Vitality visits, explores, and inhabits the island where life and death meet.

I created this gallery to share some photos from my visit to Alcatraz in November 2010. Because I was intrigued by the strong images of life and death I found there, I wanted to tell the story of my observations with my photos. I’ve been editing the images for a couple weeks now, but I’m so excited to finally be ready to share them. I hope you enjoy the photos. 🙂