Skulls a plenty

Today, not many words are needed, as I just wanted to share my first attempts to bring out the beauty of the variety of skull shapes. It's something that is difficult to appreciate as most museums show only one skull or skeleton to stand in for the all. But I have had a rare chance to put four skulls side by side so that you can directly compare. (One notable exception is the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.) The skulls shown represent different races, different sexes, different lives and different times. Under the skin we are all basically the same, but we all have little individual differences. Only one of these has a persistent frontal or metopic suture, which I happen to know that I have f

Guest blog: Mourning and funeral selfies

Modern Day Mourning What is mourning? Is it sadness, loss of appetite, inability to cope or the process of shutting your emotions off? In definition, mourning is the expression of sorrow for someone’s death. It has one definition yet it’s expressed in so many different mannerisms. Each person is affected by death in their own way. Factors like relationship to the deceased, how the person died or what beliefs you have all directly affect the mourning process. It may have a definition but grieving cannot be defined for each individual person. Like anything mourning throughout the years has modernized. Traditions in the Victorian era have expired and the 21st century way of mourning is how we h

Guest blog with the OCA

I was asked by my college to write an encouraging post to future students on receiving arts council funding. I turned it into a discussion of the ethics of photographs of human skeletons, and the difficulties of trying to earn a living as an artist with such subject matter. Enjoy the post - here