'Temporary Container' Captures Sites Where Ash is Scattered

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Sep 19, 2014
References: abbey-hepner & featureshoot
Temporary Container is a photo series, captured by American photographer Abbey Hepner, that examines the practice of scattering a deceased person's ashes. The photos depict some of the most popular locations in North America for the scattering of ashes, a practice that has become more commonplace with the rise in popularity of cremation. The places include Disneyland, Yellowstone National Park, Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon.

The places captured in Temporary Container usually had a profound impact on the deceased or their family members. Unsurprisingly, many of the locations are scenic and filled with natural beauty. This may give them the appeal of being 'natural' sites in which to scatter one's ashes.

Interestingly, there is no official registry that creates an archive of where people scatter ashes, so Hebner's photo series is also something of a research project that explores the importance of these places.