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Maboroshi is the Japanese word for phantom. Many cultures have folklore about mysterious lights that lure people into the water, often to their deaths.

These photographs show locations specific to the Japanese American incarceration and specific to untimely deaths.

Making the images creates an opportunity to spend hours in these places. Making the images functions as a license to be here: to walk around in the dark; to fabricate ghosts in the hopes of conjuring ancestral spirits; at once illustrating and engaging in magical thinking.

These are digital photographs but they are made in an analogue way: using minutes-long exposures, and a lot of walking around in the dark with a flashlight.