…and one certainty in life is that somewhere, somehow, someone on the internet will find a way to meet those needs.
See, for example, Skulls Unlimited. Click the link. Seriously, just click it. Explore a little. Then come back here.
Yes, you really saw that.
Yes, it is an actual business, serving an actual need. Well, where did you think people went to get skulls when they needed them? Grave-robbing is so 16th Century…
Yes, they have an absolutely brilliant full-color catalog full of skulls, and sometimes they have discount bones on sale.
This. is. AWESOME.
Creepy? Nah — that’s not creepy at all. You wanna see creepy? Check this out: The Thanatos Archive.
Did you check it out?
Are you OK?
Actually, it’s pretty amazing stuff — A HUGE collection of post-mortem and memorial photography, capturing the dead (sometimes with the living, sometimes alone). It apparently isn’t done much anymore in the US, but post-mortem photography was all the rage for a while, once upon a time. Apparently it is still practiced in other parts of the world. There, in the image, we captured the dead as we remembered them, and we kept them to be remembered. It was especially common to photograph infants who had died — there are strangely moving images of infants, looking as if they slept, held up in their mother’s arms for one last memorial. There’s also an amazing collection of them online at the Museum of Mourning Photography and Memorial Practice — look through their gallery, and you’ll find a very different world, and (I suspect) a rather different attitude toward death and the image of death than a great many USians would find familiar nowadays.
Personally, I’m not sure how I feel about these images. I just don’t know how I should feel. I suspect I should find them especially morbid, but I’m a bit torn between that feeling and a sense of a sort of loving sadness. The people in these images (the dead ones and the live ones) are haunting and haunted all at once.
Amazing what one gets to reading on the internet by accident, isn’t it?