Friday, June 27, 2014

The Dark Side Gets Its Due

The Morbid Anatomy Museum Opens in Brooklyn

Most of us don’t stop for death until it kindly, or unkindly, stops for us. And then there is the new Morbid Anatomy Museum, which will throw the Grim Reaper an enthusiastic welcome party when it opens its doors this weekend in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. Full NYTimes story here.

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Monday, June 23, 2014

Civil War hand gesture masonic or hand steadying?

George B. McClellan (b. 1826 - d. 1885) Freemason and Major General during the American Civil War.

William Tecumseh Sherman (b. 1820 - d.1891) American Civil War Union general

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Getting ready for a photo shoot!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Less than 50 years ago...

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Art of Mourning

Outside of Philadelphia is a little museum, The Museum of Mourning Arts, dedicated to the history and the culture of grief and the symbolic forms with which it has been expressed over the centuries. Love and loss is a theme often explored in art, but this museum focuses on intensely personal objects, such as mourning wear and Victorian memento moris. Neda Ulaby reports. Listen here and read more here.

The Harvest of Death- landscape has a memory

Gardner caption, "View in field on right wing."
Library of Congress collection.
Slowly, over the misty fields of Gettysburg--as all reluctant to expose their ghastly horrors to the light--came the sunless morn, after the retreat by [General Robert. E.] Lee's broken army. Through the shadowy vapors, it was, indeed, a "harvest of death" that was presented; hundreds and thousands of torn Union and rebel soldiers--although many of the former were already interred--strewed the now quiet fighting ground, soaked by the rain, which for two days had drenched the country with its fitful showers.

This paragraph opens the text that Alexander Gardner wrote to accompany this photograph in Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War. Both text and image eloquently capture the war's toll of death and destruction, especially apparent after the Battle of Gettysburg, which took place from July 1 to July 3, 1863. Although Gardner's caption identifies the men in the photograph as "rebels represented...without shoes," they are probably Union dead. During the Civil War, shoes were routinely removed from corpses because supplies were scarce and surviving troops needed them.
via:J Paul Getty Museum

Info discussing location of photos from this series. Via: Spotsylvania Civil War Bog
"One of the most elusive group of Civil War battlefield photographs has been the image known as “The Harvest of Death” and its companion images, showing the same bodies from a near opposite angle. The group was made in the days following the battle, most probably July 6, 1863. There have been three prevailing theories as to the precise location of this ghastly scene. Since 1975, historian William A. Frassanito has felt comfortable in his belief that the group of photos was taken somewhere near the Rose Farm and the Emmitsburg Road. The greatest challenge has been in trying to locate a piece of land where all terrain features cooperate, in both directions, to make the theory work. Granted, doing this has been made even that more difficult by over a century’s growth and/or removal  of wood lines and other obstructions, as well as potential modifications to the landscape surface. The mission has continued for another thirty-seven years as numerous investigators have scoured the battlefield landscape to find the right combination of elements"

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Punk Singer

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Scar Project

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

50 egg insipation