Thursday, 28 October 2010

tis' the season...

Glyptodon (originally uploaded by seriykotik1970)
... to dwell on mortality and other morbid curiousities, as befits the time of the year when the veil between this world and the next is meant to be at its thinnest, so ideal timing for the wonderful Herb Lester Associates to add to their reputation for revealing true hidden corners of London by revelling, horrified, in the macabre anatomical wonders of The Hunterian Museum.

Likewise, time for a visit to the Angela Palmer's ongoing Ghost Forest, an installation of giant rainforest tree stumps in the grounds of Oxford's Pitt-Rivers museum (and then enter the Victorian collections of curiosities - monkey skull, spirit ship toy, witch in a bottle, giant totem pole and shrunken voodoo head being only the most notorious - in a suitably arcane setting of dark wood and glass cases).

For those stout of stomach, the grisly bell jars of pickled monstrosities of Glasgow's Museum Of Anatomy trump intellectual fascination with gut-wrenching gore. Tucked away amid the gothic towers of Glasgow University, this apparent partner to a Frankenstein lab can ramp up the fear better than any ghost walk. James Mooney's flickr set may prove the point a little too starkly for some.

For now I'm still fixated on the cenozoic South American glyptodon (pictured) and its likeness to a "flattened Volkswagen beetle" while looking like a kind of HP Lovecraft faceless monster, captured alongside other shots of the Comparative Anatomy Museum in atmospheric 60s Kodak Retinette by Russian flickrite Ian (seriykotik).

1 comment:

  1. Hi- just came across this post, and since you included my photo of the Glytptodon I thought you might be intersted in the other shots from the Retinette that I took in that museum. I just scanned these over the weekend, even though I took them a couple of years ago. These are double /multiple exposures (the light was dim and a double exposure doubles the amount light exposed onto the film). There's something particularly ghostly about the combination of double exposures and bones.