Death Photos

Posted: October 12, 2010 in Uh Oh!
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I was reading earlier about Memento Mori and i just thought how lucky we are to live in this time where our every movement can be snapped and taken thru photograph especially with the advent of digital photography. But did you know that during the Victorian era, many people can only have their photos taken when they are dead? It seems that during that period, death photos are very popular especially for those who cannot afford to commission their own portrait. This creepy tradition of taking picture of dead people, in case of infant and children, are popular. So the next time you see photograph from that era, be aware that one of them in the picture might be dead.

So what is Memento Mori. It is a Latin phrase translated as “Remember your mortality”, “Remember you must die” or “Remember you will die” – literally ” [in the future] remember to die”.

And looking at the follwing pictures you cannot help but be sad and be aware of your mortality?

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