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(Mother Nature Network)   Considering how prudish they were about everything else, people in the Victorian Era sure were comfortable posing for pictures with a corpse   ( divider line
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10328 clicks; posted to Main » on 18 Oct 2012 at 2:51 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-10-18 03:09:10 AM  
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If you live in a city, perhaps born and raised there, you may look at a local landmark and think about one day visiting it. But you never do. Tourists go there, maybe, to line up for hours to ride to the top floor and look out on the city, but you never do.

Then you move away, and you think back to how you lived right next to the landmark and never went to visit it. So as a tourist, you go and line up and take the elevator ride to the top and look out at the city, but it isn't your city anymore, not since you've moved away. It's a city belonging to all those people who live down below, running from their home to their job, passing by this landmark every day but never stopping in.

These families should have taken a picture while their daughter was alive, but only now in death do they realize how those precious moments of life were fleeting and were taken for granted. It's their way of being tourists, of grabbing hold of something which is no longer theirs to hold. A cheap plastic souvenir of lost chances.
2012-10-18 03:11:07 AM  
3 votes:
In the Victorian era those portraits made sense, photography was expensive and a death portrait was quite possibly the only way to have any portrait of the departed loved one.

People taking photos now is something I don't understand. When my grandparents died my uncle took casket photos, but I just don't see how that's the memory you want to have when you have so many other photographic records.
2012-10-18 03:53:33 AM  
2 votes:
People in the Victorian era weren't prudish - it's a very common misconception.
2012-10-18 03:01:37 AM  
2 votes:
Friends of mine lost their first baby just weeks shy of the due date... I don't begrudge them wanting something tangible to remember him by, but the photo is damn weird if you know the story behind it. I was honestly a little shocked the hospital took it for them.
2012-10-18 07:51:32 AM  
1 vote:
I just watched the latest Downton Abbey and


the family sure were comfortable watching Lady Sybil die horribly and hanging around her corpse thereafter

talk about stiff upper lips and all that, geez.

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2012-10-18 04:37:48 AM  
1 vote:
[Scans own comment, finds it could easily be taken out of context]

Oh dear. Clarification: nothing wrong with the family taking pictures of their recently deceased child as a remembrance. What Santorum did....was creepy.
2012-10-18 04:34:03 AM  
1 vote:

A Terrible Human: Mare_Imbrium: It isn't as taboo as they think. Actually when parents have a stillborn baby or a baby who dies shortly after birth it is encouraged that they take pictures if they want to.

Also wombats I think you posted in the wrong thread but then again there was a subreddit called r/deadjailbait so maybe not?

Nah. I made an Adrian Chen joke, and somebody decided I must inherently be into kiddie porn for thinking him an irresponsible journalist. I'm kinda bummed by that. My problem is not with the backlash; that was long overdue. I was vocal about that, and feel no need to apologize for actions nobody here saw under a handle I no longer use. My problem is that it's going full-bore French Revolution, and it's going to provide more examples of "internet life" spilling over into real-world tragedy. I think that a terrible shame: the whole thing was a real "we have met the enemy, and he is us" moment for the whole internet.

Reddit missed the opportunity to do the right thing at the right time, but it's addressed now, and Chen's now abusing all notions of journalistic license he may ever have had, and well after the horse was out of the barn, to boot. Given his and Gawker's track record, I really don't feel I should need to defend that point.

For me, that episode was simply the coup de grace on a site that had long since become a creepshow in many, many contexts. So, like I said in the post just above yours, I came home, because it got to a point where I did not want to be associated, even at arm's length, with any given side/faction/nutjobs. At least here, I know somebody's running the asylum, and will decisively stop this sort of thing, both the bad acts and the bad backlashes/retaliations, before it reaches that kind of level.

Going back on-topic: nothing wrong with taking pictures of a deceased child. I would point out that that is basically the line, right there, though, and that certain high-profile politicians have taken that too far.
2012-10-18 03:36:02 AM  
1 vote:

Coelacanth: I met a local woman through Facebook who collects those damned things. She's a Goth MILF, but she's got postmortem portraits everywhere in her house, and some tools of the trade like this adjustable wrought iron stand that held a body in a standing position. I can't abide those things and I go to great lengths to avoid running into her.

I confess a minor fascination with the vintage postmortem photos, if only because they force me to think about my own mortality. What I don't get off on is battlefield or crime footage. But those old photos are so damn creepy that I can't help but be interested. I swear, I am not a goth or even a dork.

/I believe Fark bans/time-outs people who post pics of anything dead, just so you all know
//at the very least they are deleted
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