If there’s someone you absolutely miss, you might find yourself talking to them a lot in your mind, creating those fake conversations with them and you answer yourself in their voice in your head. Maybe it’s a girlfriend who dumped you or you know someone who died or that sort of thing, you adopt their personality or the memory of who they were as a means of staying close to them. People talk about spirit, but I have this idea that when we die, we’re gone. All that lives on is our memory and how we affected people, the way we changed people throughout our life. Whether you’ve had a good effect of a bad effect on people, that’s your afterlife—the people who live on after you.


MIA, by Ryan McGinley, 2010
“We had to basically rig a truss for this swing; it was a major production to make sure it was safe. I tried it out. MIA might have gotten there and said, ‘I’m not doing this; this is too crazy.’ But she got on and just started swinging like it was something normal. I remember her ­saying, ‘If I’m going to go out, this is an awesome way to go.’”