Very interesting look at Momento Mori photography- found this at True_George… check out the rest of his blog while you are there!
With All hollows eve aka Halloween around the corner there is a tradition of dressing up in creepy costumes, watching creepy movies or doing creepy stuff to foster the spirit of Halloween. But there are some practices that used to be prevalent in the past that today’s world will view as creepy. One of those traditions is post mortem photography. It is a tradition because it is still practiced however not to the extent as it used to be.
The first post mortem photo was taken in 1841 the taking photos of the dead was actually filling a kind of memorial void that other forms, such as paintings, could not. Most importantly, taking a photograph of your dead loved one was simply faster than other mediums, and would eventually become more affordable as well. It was also possible that these photographs were the only images captured of this person, as…
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