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touchthesky
15-08-11, 15:22
Hope this isn't deemed too...Weird or whatever.

It's absolutely fascinating. And odd. And just...yeah.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-mortem_photography

http://www.thehorrorzine.com/Victorian%20Post%20Mortem/twins.jpg

http://www.thehorrorzine.com/Victorian%20Post%20Mortem/Deadgirlwmomsnpops.jpg

The earliest post-mortem photographs are usually close-ups of the face or shots of the full body and rarely include the coffin. The subject is usually depicted so as to seem in a deep sleep, or else arranged to appear more lifelike. It was not uncommon to photograph very young children with a family member, most frequently the mother. Adults were more commonly posed in chairs or even braced on specially-designed frames. Flowers were also a common prop in post-mortem photography of all types.

The effect of life was sometimes enhanced by either propping the subject's eyes open or painting pupils onto the photographic print, and many early images (especially tintypes and ambrotypes) have a rosy tint added to the cheeks of the corpse.

Later examples show less effort at a lifelike appearance, and often show the subject in a coffin. Some very late examples show the deceased in a coffin with a large group of funeral attendees; this type of photograph was especially popular in Europe and less common in the United States.

Sometimes it's quite difficult to tell which is the dead person.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_X3fSnxJZxA8/RvvciLjDolI/AAAAAAAAABE/eJ8yLzuA1o4/s1600-h/pm+%2833%29.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-s5vJuzR2Hq4/TdrP1wuKhrI/AAAAAAAAAG8/mvTR8lI8pyY/s400/1.jpg

http://thanatos.net/galleries/index.php

So there you have it. Hope you can sleep tonight <3.

If you're feeling brave you can buy a lot of the photos on Ebay and hang them up in yer kitchen!

Just found this animated one:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q217/Noiddestroyed/sitlady2.gif

AM NO SLEEPIN THE NIGHT!

robm_2007
15-08-11, 15:47
WTF.

That is so ****ing creepy.

But it is also so funny.

I want some now.

toxicraider
15-08-11, 15:54
How odd! I suppose the photo's took so long to take that it was the best way to insure the subject didn't move. :p
I'd be a little weirded out posing with the dead person though, but maybe not if it was a relative.

robm_2007
15-08-11, 16:00
How odd! I suppose the photo's took so long to take that it was the best way to insure the subject didn't move. :p
I'd be a little weirded out posing with the dead person though, but maybe not if it was a relative.

LOL what if one of the parents had died, and the photographer has the child sit on the parent's lap :pi:

touchthesky
15-08-11, 16:02
^I'm sure there must be photos of that nature somewhere about.

Theres all sorts..even people posing with dead pets!

Weemanply109
15-08-11, 16:41
WTF? :o

Funto
15-08-11, 16:45
Look how happy they all seem.

Reggie
15-08-11, 16:47
Another morbid thread for GC. :p To be fair, this is one of the more interesting ones I've seen.

Zelda master
15-08-11, 16:52
That's actually rather unconfortable and yet rather facinating at the same time:)

touchthesky
15-08-11, 16:57
I'm wondering if it would be exceptionally weird to have one in your house..

Weemanply109
15-08-11, 16:58
Another morbid thread for GC. :p To be fair, this is one of the more interesting ones I've seen.

I disagree. :o

Ora Dagger
15-08-11, 16:59
I always thought doing this was so strange. But it is fascinating to see the pictures.

Reggie
15-08-11, 17:00
I disagree. :o
That its morbid or that its interesting?

I think its interesting as it says a lot about technology, photography, values and norms of victorian society. I suppose if you don't find those things interesting already, its an irrelevent topic.

Encore
15-08-11, 17:09
Those are really fascinating.

The fact that most of us today feel shocked and disturbed at such an idea, shows how much a taboo death is today.

the ancient
15-08-11, 17:21
Fascinating

I think I could never take a photo with a death guy next to me.

jackles
15-08-11, 17:26
It is the picture of the little girl...and I assume her dead brother....talk about scarred for life!

Rai
15-08-11, 17:59
I've heard of these before. They are morbidly fascinating. Looking at the site, the ones of babies and small children are so harrowing; I guess they gave their parents some comfort in a way.

Dennis's Mom
15-08-11, 18:34
This was probably the only photo of the loved-one the family had too. People didn't have cameras.

Biddy
15-08-11, 18:35
It's so uncomfortable to look at them knowing that they are dead, especially for the children.

sandygrimm
15-08-11, 18:38
Guessing back than it wasn't that odd, like today's nude photography.

Liara
15-08-11, 19:29
This really shows just how drastically times have changed. Interesting how the pics of children or babies/toddlers seem to be way creepier than the others. There's just something inherently wrong about seeing a dead child.

robm_2007
15-08-11, 19:29
I'm wondering if it would be exceptionally weird to have one in your house..
Or in your bedroom :pi:
Guessing back than it wasn't that odd, like today's nude photography.
I wonder if there is post-mordem, nude photography?

just*raidin*tomb
15-08-11, 19:32
That's actually really sad. :(

I mean how sad would it be to pose for a picture with a dead loved one? I would be crying my eyes out. I don't want to see anyone I love LIFELESS.

robm_2007
15-08-11, 19:47
I don't want to see anyone I love LIFELESS.

That's why they sometimes attached strings to their arms and head, like a puppet, and they create the illusion that they are still alive :D


:pi:

EgyptianSoul
15-08-11, 20:03
Maybe people used to be more in touch with death and the limits of human life than we are nowadays.

We don't want to see our dead ones. Because it scares us, reminds us that it will be our turn someday.

Maybe death should be embraced as the necessary part of life that it is.

We shouldn't fear it.

I've never seen a dead person with my own eyes. Haven't been in the presence of the remains of someone who passed away. I don't know how it would actually feel, seeing a body that used to contain a life.

EmeraldFields
15-08-11, 20:25
That weird that many of you haven't seen a dead person. Have you not been to a funeral or visitation before? :p

EgyptianSoul
15-08-11, 20:27
I've been to two funerals. But I never saw the people that had died. Never saw the bodies.

Distant relatives that I never knew. I was a child when they died.

Shirley_Manson
15-08-11, 21:03
I thought it is a common thing to take pictures of people who have just died? Not only by the police, but by the family too. I remember when my grandmother died my uncle and mother took pictures.
What's bizarre in here is that these pictures are an art form. Dead people are placed in perfect positions, and look like they're alive. It's beautiful and scary at the same time.
P.S. And they died so long ago, buried, and they're corpses have decayed 100 years ago and I see them like they're in front of me.

Indiana Croft
16-08-11, 02:11
it's not all that weird but I don't get the point of post mortem photography. It's like...why? Didn't you get enough pictures done during their lifetime?
I know one of the worst things about life is getting your picture taken. I couldn't imagine the dead appreciating the experience from beyond the grave. They're probably thinking "bitch, who the **** do i have to look cute for? I'm dead. Put the camera down."

Tombraiderx08
16-08-11, 02:35
Ewwwww, what happened in the victorian times should stay in victorian times D:

zeussy
16-08-11, 03:06
This thread is such a turn-on....
Seriously though, I find it creepy and grotesque. Why would you want to look at a picture of a deceased loved one when there's no life in their eyes? It's better to look at regular photos of them where you can remember them by a smile or whatever...

Sir Croft
16-08-11, 03:50
Those are really fascinating.

The fact that most of us today feel shocked and disturbed at such an idea, shows how much a taboo death is today.

Which is ironic, considering how death has become something so banal in the last few decades.

Autolycus
16-08-11, 10:08
Not too sure what to make of this, part of me is thinking it's just wrong but another part is proper fascinated.

touchthesky
16-08-11, 10:12
http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljw27yQQIm1qbnb9oo1_500.png
http://ken_ashford.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515b2069e20120a57cbaf3970c-500wi
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lde9ayvD5V1qaa2jbo1_400.png
http://ken_ashford.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515b2069e20120a525e465970b-pi

Autolycus
16-08-11, 10:18
http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljw27yQQIm1qbnb9oo1_500.png

This is a strange one, not sure if they're all deceased or just the baby.

scoopy_loopy
16-08-11, 10:25
Awful, morbid, fascinating. :D :o

cezy rockeru
16-08-11, 10:39
nightmares.

/thread

touchthesky
16-08-11, 10:39
This is a strange one, not sure if they're all deceased or just the baby.

I believe it's just the baby thats dead.

cezy rockeru
16-08-11, 10:41
I believe it's just the baby thats dead.

http://i.imgur.com/bVMiP.gif

disturbing.

touchthesky
16-08-11, 10:46
Is it though? I mean, this was the only way they could get photos back in the day.

Or would they have been better being photoless? It's a tough one.

But maybe we shouldn't be so uptight about death.

We're all going that way, baby!

knightgames
16-08-11, 11:05
This was probably the only photo of the loved-one the family had too. People didn't have cameras.

Exactly. Today almost everyone has the ability to snap a photo of their family and friends. Digital camera, cell phones, and relatively inexpensive SLR cameras make having a picture of someone not only easy, but so common so as not to even give it a second thought.

Back then owning any sort of camera was not only cost prohibitive, but technically difficult. It's still done, but how many families pay for the expense of having a professional photographer capture a portrait of the family? Then this was the only option of having a family picture. Sometimes (like these) they include loved ones who have passed.

I've videotaped a few funerals - wakes and ceremonies. It's, so far, always someone from a different culture and they want to preserve the memory of their loved one. At these wakes, there are hundreds of pictures laid out for display. They just want a final 'memento' of the person's life. This just completes the life story for them.

knightgames
16-08-11, 11:06
This was probably the only photo of the loved-one the family had too. People didn't have cameras.

Exactly. Today almost everyone has the ability to snap a photo of their family and friends. Digital camera, cell phones, and relatively inexpensive SLR cameras make having a picture of someone not only easy, but so common so as not to even give it a second thought. Back then owning any sort of camera was not only cost prohibitive, but technically difficult.

It's still done, but how many families pay for the expense of having a professional photographer capture a portrait of the family? Then this was the only option of having a family picture. Sometimes (like these) they include loved ones who have passed.

I've videotaped a few funerals - wakes and ceremonies. It's, so far, always someone from a different culture and they want to preserve the memory of their loved one. At these wakes, there are hundreds of pictures laid out for display. They just want a final 'memento' of the person's life. This just completes the life story for them.

Sharon_14
16-08-11, 11:16
That's... umm... unique. I guess they didn't take any pictures of their loved ones during their lives so they decided to do so after they've passed away.

Orionvalentine
16-08-11, 11:23
That's really quite surreal, the two children in the last two photos look like they were moving when the picture was taken, hence the sort of blur around them. I hope they were alive, cause the latter idea is quite disconcerting...

cezy rockeru
16-08-11, 11:48
pictures of dead bodies,oh i love this forum.

i barely stand pictures of myself alive,how could i ever want someone to take a pic of myself dead.

http://ken_ashford.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515b2069e20120a525e465970b-pi

good morning to you,too.

Lara Croft!
16-08-11, 11:50
As soon as I saw the title, I remembered one of my fav horror movies. This type of photography is mentioned.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0230600/

scoopy_loopy
16-08-11, 12:06
Maybe people used to be more in touch with death and the limits of human life than we are nowadays.

We don't want to see our dead ones. Because it scares us, reminds us that it will be our turn someday.

Maybe death should be embraced as the necessary part of life that it is.

We shouldn't fear it.

I've never seen a dead person with my own eyes. Haven't been in the presence of the remains of someone who passed away. I don't know how it would actually feel, seeing a body that used to contain a life.

I assume it was simply more accepted back then because death happened ALL THE TIME. Disease, malnourishment, poverty... etc., etc., It was just something they had to live with back then. Nowadays, pre-mature death has become rarer and all the more scary & thus unmentionable.

moodydog
16-08-11, 12:14
This is quite interesting actually.
I have seen this in the film The Others.

Lukass
16-08-11, 12:14
That's bizarre! :eek: .... and creepy!

Funto
16-08-11, 14:42
Or in your bedroom :pi:

I wonder if there is post-mordem, nude photography?

There is. They're quite artistic too. I just can't seem to remember the name of the photographer right now.

xXhayleyroxXx
16-08-11, 16:22
I read the title as 'post mortem pornography' *awkward laugh* My bad xD

Yeah, I've always found this kind of stuff oddly fascinating D: Its so morbid but, well, insightful.

Danni
16-08-11, 17:12
I read the title as 'post mortem pornography' *awkward laugh* My bad xD

Yeah, I've always found this kind of stuff oddly fascinating D: Its so morbid but, well, insightful.

So did I the first couple of times. :pi: :p

the ancient
16-08-11, 17:14
You two are both necrophiles :pi:

This one freaks me out

http://i56.************/aw49kg.jpg

Danni
16-08-11, 17:25
^ :yik: I just Google'd Necrophiles definition.. ewwww.

the ancient
16-08-11, 17:26
^ :yik: I just Google'd Necrophiles.. ewwww.

:vlol: OMG I thought you knew what they did

Danni
16-08-11, 17:27
:vlol: OMG I thought you knew what they did

NO!! :p :vlol:

noonbob
16-08-11, 17:29
This is interesting but a little strange :o the images are fascinating

drakl0r
16-08-11, 18:50
I've read about this before, a bit disturbing though.

Btw here are more article and pics I found :mis:

http://cogitz.com/2009/08/28/memento-mori-victorian-death-photos/

I found the one with the coffins standing up scarier than the normal 'sleeping' ones :p

Lara's Nemesis
16-08-11, 19:34
There is no way that I would have had one of these done if I had lived back then. Would rather just have my memories of the person.

They are interesting tho. That one of the family with the 2 infants in coffins is really sad and a bit strange.