Brighton Swimming Club, 1863 (via The Retronaut)
Check out those….stovepipes!
One of my photographer friends is currently part of the Brighton Swimming Club. They are nuts. They were in the local newspaper a few years ago for swimming in the sea in speedos(!!) while it snowed. Crazy people.Tags: brighton, history, photography, swimming
In the nineteenth century, a morbid and curious custom has spread to various parts of the world: the photos were ”Post Mortem”.
”Post Mortem” comes from Latin, meaning after death.
The photos ”Post Mortem” apparently originated in England, when Queen Victoria asked to photograph the corpse of an acquaintance or a relative, so she can keep as a souvenir.
soon after, this idea spread around the world, keeping a morbid reminder of loved ones that have passed on.
Even today, as strange as it may seem, some places still have this custom.
The girl who is standing in the photo is the one who is dead.
This is a classic example of photographic art.
Notice the hands
for people wondering how the corpse is standing up, there is a posing stand supporting the body it’s very hard to see but the stand is supporting the neck, arms and back.
the girl in this picture has her eyes open, but in some cases the photographer will paint pupils on the eye lids to make it seem like they are wide awake
Have some historical, non-fiction creepypasta.
I’ve studied about these pictures not too long ago.
One of the reasons they were so popular was that, while protography started to become popular at that time, it was still expensive, and sometimes the families couldn’t pay for take pictures of their children or other relatives often. So, they did it when said people died so, this way, they would have at least one memento of them.
Sometimes, the photos themselves were painted, to make the corpses look a little more “alive”. A lot of manipulation techniques were used.
THE POSING STANDS WERE USED BY LIVE SUBJECTS TO KEEP THEIR FUCKING LIMBS AND HEADS STILL LONG ENOUGH TO TAKE THE EXPOSURE. YOU SEE, OLD TIMEY CAMERAS USED MUCH LONGER EXPOSURES THAN OUR MODERN POINT AND SHOOTS. THOSE POSING STANDS WERE NOT AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO HOLD CORPSES UPRIGHT, PARTIALLY BECAUSE THAT’S NOT HOW POST MORTEM PHOTOGRAPHY WAS GENERALLY POSED
TRIGGER WARNING FOR REAL PHOTO OF HUMAN CORPSES IN A GENUINE POST MORTEM PHOTO:
CAN YOU TELL THESE DUDES ARE DEAD AT FIRST GLANCE, WITHOUT BEING TOLD? I CAN!!!!! HOW ABOUT THE SUPPOSEDLY “DEAD” SISTER IN THE OP? NO? HMMMMMM
HERE IS ANOTHER BUNCH OF BULLSHIT: THOSE IRON POSING STANDS WERE NOT WEIGHTED, BALANCED OR BRACED TO HOLD UP A 100+LBS ADULT CORPSE.
HOW DO I KNOW THIS? BECAUSE I’M RIGGED UP IN ONE OF THOSE POSING STANDS IN THE PHOTO BELOW, AS I AM EVERY TIME I SIT FOR A DAGUERREOTYPE (WHICH IS OFTEN)
THEY’RE HEAVY AND STURDY, BECAUSE THEY’RE MADE OF FUCKING IRON. BUT NOT STURDY ENOUGH TO HOLD A STANDING HUMAN CORPSE (100+LBS OF DEAD, USUALLY LIMP WEIGHT, REMEMBER), AND CERTAINLY NOT MAGICAL ENOUGH TO IMBUE SAID CORPSE WITH MUSCLE TONE, FACIAL EXPRESSION, EYE FOCUS, AND MANDIBLE CLENCHING, ALL OF WHICH ARE DEMONSTRATED CLEARLY IN THE PHOTO IN THE OP, IN WHICH BOTH SUBJECTS ARE VERY FUCKING ALIVE
I’M NOT GOING TO LINK YOU TO A BUNCH OF GORE BUT IF YOU WANT TO SEE WHAT IRL DEAD HUMAN FACES AND BODIES ACTUALLY LOOK, AND THE EXAMPLE OF THE TWIN BROTHERS ABOVE WAS NOT ENOUGH FOR YOU, LIKE FEEL FREE TO GIS “AUTOPSY PHOTOS” SOMETIME AND GET BACK TO ME
The extremely long exposure needed for this type of photography is also why you won’t (or will very very rarely) find people smiling in these photographs. Try to hold a smile for a few minutes without moving and you’ll understand…Tags: autopsy, debunking, goth, photography, post-mortem, victorian
Dean Bradshaw photography for Star Trac Equipment 2012 campaign
Fuck. Yes.Tags: blocker, jammer, photography, roller derby, rollerskating, sports, women
Glee Meme Day 19 → A talent of yours
Looking at the photos I took in Paris makes me want to cry. And then go back there and not leave.
Tags: paris, photography, photos
324 photos edited individually in three hours.
😀 Now just to get them onto flickr…
EDIT; Done!photography, photos, wedding
Please stop twitching. I know you’re nervous, but twitching is NOT HELPFUL when trying to holding a camera steady.
And then Chris and Ronnie will hate you for screwing up their wedding photos, and then you will die alone.
… Fit into my camera bag:
Digital camera tripod.
… Don’t fit into my camera bag:
… Make me hit my head on solid surfaces:
The cost of a decent-sized camera bag.
The number of bags I have to take to college.
People moving to New York.
Driving to college so that I can’t have a mojito in the morning.