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Lacrima, Lacrima, Lacrima

Latin for "tears, tears, tears," the images are of my own photography, from Caravaggio's "Seven Acts of Mercy," and a digital composite of a cross. The societal persecution that accompanied those afflicted with AIDS carried sadness and sorrow. In its early discovery, AIDS brought fear, anger, violence, denial, blame, and a host of other behaviors that accompanied ignorance.

As an attempt to understand, sympathize, and accommodate this then new disease, metaphors representing hope, care, and resolve became paramount. Angels became the vehicle upon which these disarrays could rest. Christianity was torn apart by fear and bigotry. The cross was borne by those caught in such a conflict. For these people, tears flowed.