What does a good death look like? Photographer Joshua Bright offers one answer to this question with a series of photographs chronicling the end-of-life and death of John Hawkins, a New York City resident, and his relationship with his friend and Zen Buddhist priest Robert Chodo Campbell.
We could use news of a good death. Not a tragic death or a famous death, just a good one, the kind that might happen to any of us if we are lucky.
Spending time with these photos, there really is a sense of "lucky." Here is an intimate portrait of two friends spending quality, loving time together, one caring for the other, as death approaches. These photos aren't sad, even though John is dying: he is surrounded by people who want to care for him, and that care is based on love and intimacy and meaningful attention. And after John dies, Robert continues to offer him loving care, further illustrating the almost-beautiful experience these two friends shared.