Have you heard about post mortem photography? During the 17th century when photography was still rather uncommon and very expensive, something you did maybe once or twice in your life, it was common to take a photo of a loved one who had passed away. For many that was the only photo they ever took of their loved one so for them it didn’t seem as morbid as photographing the dead does today. It was just something to remember a family member by. As photography became more and more common post mortem photography slowly disappeared almost completely. Now there’s no need to photograph our dead to remember them because we already have so many photos of our loved ones as living.
Due to the nature of the photos I won’t throw them in your face. Click if you want to see them, or don’t if you think it’s too disturbing. There’s no gore though, just dead people.
Sometimes they photographed people in such a manner that it was supposed to look like they were merely sleeping.
Sometimes surrounded by living people.
And even more disturbing, sometimes propped up to look alive. The girl in this photo is actually dead. She’s just propped up leaning against a frame located behind her back and if you look carefully you see that her pupils are actually painted on her eyelids.
There are many post mortem photos a lot more creepy than these. Photos in which people look obviously dead and really can’t be mistaken for merely being asleep. Here’s a site with some photos of the creepier kind.