Book Of The Dead
Victorian Post mortem photography was more about remembering loved ones in the form of a keepsake than an obsession with death. In the Victorian era many people died in childhood and so a photo of them after death would possibly have been the only reminder they had of their child after they were gone. There are so many of them around today because of the invention of cheaper ways to take photo’s and so many family used to post multiple copies of them to other family members. A lot of the images show children reposing on a couch or they were posed with other family members or taking part in activities as they would in life. Today it is hard to understand their reasoning behind what must seem to some to be a odd and morbid practice. Some used specially designed frames in order to make the deceased appear as though they were naturally standing. They would also sometimes paint eyes onto the subject in the photograph or use devices to keep the eyes open giving them more of a lifelike appearance. A lot of the photo’s in this image are of children so please keep that in mind before you wander through the gallery.