An essential element of this article is the idea of a gentle, natural, clean-green death rather than the somewhat violent cremation or chemical loaded burial processes. With this in mind, I have picked out a few quotes that I would particularly like to communicate through my image:
“A gentle way of calmly and non-violently returning back to the earth……sort of like a spa experience for the dead”
This quote basically sums up the gentle, relaxing feeling I want my image to communicate about death and composting. I think color will play a huge part in the overall relaxed feeling of the image, and a light, fresh palate would work well. Lots of whites, greens, light blue; keeping it rather simple and earthy to communicate the environmental aspect. Also I think keeping the image itself basic rather than too busy will help reflect the simplicity and gentility of composting after death.
“When you die you can grow new life”
Another essential idea in the article is that death can be meaningful and bring new life. Rather than leaving a concrete headstone behind, you can give back to the earth. I want to communicate this ‘life-cycle’ of sorts, and images of nature (trees) seems like a good way to do this. Somehow I will communicate a reciprocal relationship between nature and humans in which both give and take from each other. Perhaps connecting/merging the nature and human images is an idea, but I will think on this one!
“In this way, the dead are folded back into the fabric of the city” (talking about compost being used in city parks as well as family’s gardens)
I think a concern that people might have with composting their body rather than cremation or burial, is the lack of a traditional memorial- a headstone or plaque. How will they be remembered when they are gone, if composting leaves behind no physical monument? I want my image to communicate the way composting allows people to continue to contribute and be remembered after their death.
So these are my communication objectives at this stage. I have mentioned some visual ideas as to HOW I will communicate this (such as the colors and images I could use), but am still thinking about some aspects and am open to any ideas any kind person might offer up!