While creating, "Plaisirs Coupables," Amelie du Petit Thouars faced death when her mother died of cancer and during the Paris terror attacks. In this interview, Amelie discusses how these events affected her creative life and tells us the specific inspiration behind her pieces.Read More
When Patrick Morris’s parents were diagnosed with terminal illnesses, he was forced to navigate the flawed mourning customs we have in the West. Instead of avoiding the grief and existential weight of death, he explored his experiences in his paintings.Read More
Little Wounds is where the illustrator Daphne Deitchman share's her cute, yet dark work. She self-describes her art as, "A celebration of the beginning and the end of life." Read her interview and see her work below:Read More
The definition of memento mori according to Merriam-Webster is, “a reminder of mortality.” This idea has been executed in many ways over the years to serve different ideological purposes— from highlighting the uselessness of material objects to reminding people that whatever your socioeconomic class, you too will die. In this article, I will give you a brief overview of memento mori art, and offer ways to incorporate memento mori into your life.Read More
Do you remember when you first had the inspiration to take photographs of women killed by crime?
The first draw had to be when I saw a book by Luc Sante called ‘Evidence’. Sante had collected rare crime scene photography from New York in the 1920s. The images transcended the violence into an almost visual poetry.
Colleen Longo Collins loves her grandmother as much as it is possible for one human to love another, and her grandmother loves Colleen unconditionally. Colleen’s grandmother grew up in the French Riviera, in Cannes, moved to Santa Barbara in her early 20s, and made a career for herself in the LA fashion world. Growing up, Colleen took refuge at her grandmother’s house because her mother was creating a career and her father was emotionally unstable. In her grandma, Colleen found a person who was always had time to hear about her life, to paint her nails, to look through closets of clothes from around the world. Her grandma modeled femininity for her, but more importantly modeled love. Without further ado an edited interview with Colleen Longo Collins:Read More
The Death Card offers perspective on life that allows us to find new life amidst breakdowns. The three aspects of Scorpio can guide us through actual deaths, deaths of identity, and more. Find out which aspect you relate to most and how to apply them to your life below.Read More
Hi. Hannah here, giving an into to this guest post by Alison Cebulla. This article discusses suicidal fantasies and past usage of hard drugs. This isn't about condoning drug use or suicidal thoughts, but rather about sharing an honest human experience in the hope that others can relate to an aspect of existence that we might normally be afraid to discuss openly.
If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger call 911. If you are having suicidal intentions please call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255— it's available 24 hours every day.Read More
I knew something was up from the fact that the voicemails only asked me to call them back as soon as possible. I knew it was about Grandpa. I knew that I couldn’t take the news in front of Laura. I went to the bathroom. Dad got to it quick. Grandpa didn’t make it. I was sitting on the toilet. I had looked at Laura’s feet, really looked at them, for the first time that morning.Read More
How could I go to New Orleans and not take a death photoshoot? This is the land of vampires, ghosts, corpses that won't stay buried, zombies, and a general shroud of mystery. So I traipsed into the swamp-like backyard of the AirBnB I was staying at tried to make some of that mystery palpable through imagery.Read More
"Thinking about death has been one of the only things that have given me the courage to break free."Read More
I created this photoshoot-slash-death-confrontation experience and I had never been the model in the situation. I didn’t know what my subjects were going through. It seemed like a good idea for me to get in front of the camera so I could:
- better understand what the process was like for my models
- have the models perspective inform my future shoots
Alua Arthur of Going with Grace is an end of life planner— a job she created from the collision of death midwifery and frustration at not having anyone to walk her through the logistics of death. Through her work she has noticed what helps people approach their end of life with a sense of peace, recognized the importance of leaving “shoulds” behind, and has learned to see everyday losses as practice for death. Most importantly, she’s seen how much families are helped when loved ones have advanced healthcare directives. Without further ado, an edited interview with Alua Arthur:Read More
For all of you who don’t understand why anyone would ever spend all their time thinking about death, here’s what the research says about contemplating death:Read More
Descent Shoots are photoshoots where a model reenacts the myth of Inanna’s Descent to Ereshkigal.Read More
HS: Is it challenging to be seeing dead bodies every day?
LH: It is not for me. Not because I’m cold-hearted, but because at the end of the day I didn’t know these people so I don’t have an emotional connection to them. I am able to do the work I do because I’m not devastated emotionally by the deaths. That’s the whole point of hiring me. I’m the person who is clear headed who’s going to know what to do. I can do it because I’m not in the grips of grief.
Learn about what it's like to be a mortician, who travels to cemeteries for vacation. Find out whether it's ok to hold your own funeral pyre, what you're supposed to do when your pets die, and where the best cemeteries in LA are.Read More
Lisa Greig opens her TEDx talk by saying, “I’m dying, but then again so are you.” She is a social worker who believes focusing on having a happy death will result in a fulfilling life. In this interview she shares insights from working in trauma centers and with bereavement clients. She answers the questions: How do you help a friend who’s loved one has just died— and what shouldn’t you do? What will help when you lose someone? How do you prepare for a tragic accident? How do you talk to an aging grandparent or parent about their end of life wishes? And so much more. Enjoy this edited interview with Lisa Greig.Read More
1. “Sabriel” by Garth Nix
Do you love foreign, magical worlds? ME TOO. This young adult novel follows Sabriel who is a good necromancer, called the Abhorsen, who puts people raised from the dead back to rest. Nix creates a fascinating version of death that parallels the underworld in the Inanna/Ereshkigal descent myth. Sabriel has to traverse both death and life to rescue her father who has been trapped by a powerful “denizen of the dead.”Read More
If you’ve been following along you remember the overview I gave of Descent Shoots in V1I1. I am continuing the explanation of these shoots with my interpretation of the 7 gates of death found in the myth of Inanna’s descent to Ereshkigal. In the translation of the myth (which you can read HERE) the individual significance of each gate is not discussed beyond noting what piece of regalia is stripped from Inanna at each barrier. I felt it would help my models connect more deeply to the descent process if each gate had a particular significance. To give each gate meaning, I applied a loose interpretation of the seven chakras, mixed with my understanding of the tangible to disintegrated spectrum.Read More