Sunday, October 24, 2010
What's wrong with this picture?
Looks like a nice pastoral scene, a boy on a farm, all dressed up in his Sunday best. Or is it?
Look closer... Click on the images for more detail.
Have you figured it out yet??? Need more time? I'll wait....
He's FUCKING DEAD!
(no, really, he is)
Isn't it interesting how mores and societal norms evolve over time? In the day this picture was taken, people were so much more inured to death than we are today. To them, death was everywhere, all the time. That's why you had a bunch of children.
'So yer tellin' me little Billy dropped from the typhoid this morning? God's will be done, Amen. Let's just prop him up right quick before he starts to turn, and take one last portrait so we can remember what the little feller looked like in the confused haze of our memories of our other six boys and four girls. Mildred, go get the twine from the kitchen cupboard...'
Someone had to pose this boy's corpse and tie it into place. The parents actually wanted a picture of him taken like this after his passing, and so posed him strung up like a puppet.
I guess you could say, they posed him with rigor.
(Late Victorian tintype, circa 1875-1900, post-mortem photograph)
(Also just about the creepiest photo I've ever laid eyes on!)
Hey, just wanted to share... now you can go back to your regularly scheduled discussion of far more weighty matters, such as whether even primordial singularities can ever acheive the density of the religious mind. Or how many famous philosophers can dance in the head of a single Christian apologist.
PS: And apparently it can be yours for the low low price of $375.00 (or best offer) right now at EBay. (Which of course was where my wife ran across it, made a small 'meeping' noise in her throat, and now can not even look at it for one second, she's so creeped out.)
Sleep well, my droogies. Try not to think of him.