At first, if you look at the image below you’ll think that it’s just a normal mother-daughter photograph. But didn’t you noticed something odd about it?
Actually, this photograph is a memorial portraiture which means one of them is dead and it is the girl. Creepy as it may seem, taking photographs of the dead is quiet normal during the Victorian era. This kind of practice is popular during that time, but in today’s standards, this would be pretty taboo.
Apparently, post-mortem photographs were meant to serve as mementos, to keep memories of the deceased loved ones alive.
Victorian people photographed the dead before holding any sort of funeral services.
Photographers intend to make their subjects look alive as much as possible.
Some do the trick by holding the dead body up. Notice the odd position of the curtain behind the boy?
But well experienced photographers have their own ways to make the dead seems more life-like. Now which is which?
Some will definitely trick your mind as if they were alive.
In this photo, this dead man seems like he is in deep thought. Pretty clever!
Most often, they would try to make it appear like the dead person was just sleeping.
Can you spot which one is the corpse?
How about this one?
Other times it wasn’t possible to make their subjects look alive.
Contrary to being creepy, the images are often moving and even heartbreaking.
Just imagine how hard it is to pose with your dead baby.
I’m sobbing right now.
Somehow, it can’t be helped that some photographs do really look freaky.
Just like this one, the photographer’s tried to draw in this girl’s eyes to make her look more alive. The effect is disturbing.
I can’t imagine how hard this must be for these people to pose for a photo with their lifeless love ones, but this is how they celebrate the lives of the dead during that time. Though we might think it’s creepy, we must pay respect for their bravery, it’s not easy to be in such situation.
H/T: Viral Nova