Have you ever felt the valley before its flood? Before the rain could carry sins to the foot of the mountain, where they would beg for her summit but be given the wretched valley. And oh, God, it is when you feel the deluge that you begin to pray your lungs were born to breathe water and that Heaven could be found at the bottom of a trench because the mountain never loved you.
'The Morgue' - Andres Serrano
‘Andres Serrano‘s series of photographs The Morgue investigates ideas of death and our relationship with it. Working with a forensic pathologist Serrano photographed the bodies with a near classical beauty rarely associated with the morgue. Serrano ensured the anonymity of each person through tight cropping or veiling the face. The way in which the light interacts with the bodies and their veils is reminiscent of Italian baroque painting. The chiaroscuro of each photograph seems to underscore some mystery behind death balancing the morgue’s comparatively cold analytic approach. Further, the careful attention to detail and composition dignifies each person. Each subject, some actually unknown persons, are considered individually as initial shock gives way to contemplation and reflection. However, these are not sentimental images. There still remains a certain emotional detachment, a terrible loneliness in death, and Serrano’s intention is ambiguous. Each photograph’s title is each subject’s respective cause of death, and have been inserted in each photographs’ caption.’ via boum!bang!
So wise. So Yoda.
3D printed baby skull, used to treat a 6-month-old child of Plagiocephaly, or “flat head syndrome” as it is also known. Doctor’s Michael Egnor and Elliot Duboys of Stony Brook University prepared for the surgery by creating 3D images of the child’s skull, as it should appear after the surgery. Thus, he and his team of surgeons were able to use both virtual models and a 3D printed skull as guides for the procedure. Thus, surgical time was drastically reduced, and the success chance of the operation increased beyond what it would have otherwise been.
"These final hours embrace at last; this is our ending, this is our past."
Robyn O’Neil (at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth)