Nothing in that headline is misleading. In an interview with The Hairpin, author, photographer and ossuary expert Paul Koudounaris sat down to talk about some of the weirder traditions he’s encountered in regards to ossuaries, mummies and treatment of the dead.
Photoshop is a relatively new invention, but even in the very early days of photography, people were figuring out ways to manipulate photos to certain ends. In the late 1800s, spirit photography became popular with hoaxers and those who just wanted to push the medium, though mainly it was hoaxers trying to prove the existence of ghosts.
“12:31″ by Croix Gagnon and Frank Schott is a spectacular photographic series that uses light painting to create the illusion of a ghostly and ghastly human body floating through space. To create the images, the collaborators used long exposures, a laptop, and an animation of scanned cross sections of executed convict Joseph Paul Jernigan’s body derived from the Visible Human Project. Prints of the series are for sale, with proceeds to benefit Amnesty International.