Death portraits of infants
Comes across to me as being an excellent way of confronting personal and emotional loss and the search for redemption. More powerfully, the project serves as a perpetual memory that for many people can be difficult, if not impossible, to move on from. But move on is something you must do. Very inspiring reading which would no doubt require a skilled, sensitive and empathic photographer who knows how to bring together the beauty of life and the tragedy of death in the one frame.
It's not a new thing, tintype death portraits of infants are common.
If the photographer has the skill to pull it off, why not? If it helps the parents through a very difficult situation, it's a good thing.
NILMDTS (I think I got that one right...) is a great organization. I've known some photographers that have worked with them and it is a great way for a photographer to give back to the community and create tasteful photographs durring a time of stress and grief.
M. David Farrell, Jr.
~Buying a Nikon doesn not make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner!
~Everybody has a photographic memory, but not everybody has film!
Agreed... it may not be for everyone, but it seems when a family loses an infant, there can be almost nothing left to remind the grieving parents of their existence, of this infant that may have been part of a family for a few days... especially if the infant lived only a short time in the ICU. Seems to me a photograph can be an important keepsake, and reminder.
Originally Posted by TSSPro
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At first it seem to be detestable to think about it, but after looking through the pictures now I change my mind.
Similar photos of infants (and, to a lesser extent, even of adults) were not unusual in Victorian times. They may seem rather strange to present-day sensitivities, but times and circumstances were very different then, and if the pictures helped in grieving.......
Originally Posted by bdial
I was an early volunteer photographer for NILMDTS.
Some folks go through this experience. NILMDTS is an organization to provide photographs, free of charge, to the families as a way to remember their loved little one(s). One of the founders (Cheryl) had this happen and hooked up with Sandy Puc and together founded NILMDTS.
Here are a couple of places to check out, if you're interested:
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During my 25 years on Labour and delivery we always arranged a little nest of blankets and took a polaroid of a stillborn baby. Later we would offer it to the mother, I don't rmember a single mom who was not grateful for the effort.
Originally Posted by Jeff Kubach
I stopped doing OB 15 years ago. No more polaroids just digi now.
"There are a great many things I am in doubt about at the moment, and I should consider myself favoured if you would kindly enlighten me. Signed, Doubtful, off to Canada." (BJP 1914).
Moments before getting on the internet, I read our local paper. On page two of the paper is an obituary for Faith Linda Bateman. Faith was born Monday. A photo accompanies the obituary. I have known Faith's mother, Christina, for years. She is the daughter of friends classmate of my daughter. It was discovered during the pregnancy that the child had a condition that would be fatal shortly after birth. Christina continued with the pregnancy, knowing that her baby would die shortly after birth.
I cannot imagine all that Christina and her family went through and continue to go through. But, I know their strong religious beliefs, their extended family and community have been a comfort.
We take and look at photographs for a myriad of reasons. I cannot think of reasons much better than to remember a loved one, no matter how short their life, and to provide comfort, support and closure to the grieving.