July 12, 2012

Acquisition of the Essence

Victorians, in my opinion, had a more health way to deal with death. When photography was in it's infancy, the subject being photographed wasn't always alive. Taking a picture of your spouse, child, pet, or close relative was a common practice that allowed family members to remember their loved ones by. Many believed the photograph captured the dearly departed's soul. There is an excellent book written about this macabre Victorian practice entitled Secure the Shadow: Death and Photography in America, by Jay Ruby.

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