The photographs in Family Pictures interrogate my relation to my family as both documentarian and image-maker. The work emerged as a way to contemplate my stay in my grandfather’s home. I previously resided in the space as a child and became the last family member to occupy its rooms upon the passing of both my grandparents. The portraits in the series examine our family’s patriarchy and our association with faith-based practice. The still life pictures recall altars, showing the placement of objects (a blanket, ribbon, food, etc.) as offerings. Moreover, the dimly lit Concepción posits the viewer as witness to the solemnity of a wake, while images such as My Grandfather Dying and Spring use light to evoke the body’s passage from one state to the next.