The Dead Are With Us

I've been editing and preserving photos of my extended family.  Many of the photos are austere both in context and emotion.  This, I'm told, was typical in Russia.  Even in Canada this sombre countenance was rarely lifted for photographs.  On the right is my Uncle Henry who died before his 23rd birthday.  The other two people were never identified by my mother and while they are forgotten in name, they live on in my memory.


Mark Kreider said...

A very worthy project. We are the last hope for many of these artifacts. The female seems to be "an evidence of ghost".

J. Evan Kreider said...

This is the next type of photographic work I need to undertake. This picture gives me hope. Possibly the picture was good to begin with, possibly not, but it is certainly more than usable in its present state. My ancestors seldom had their photos taken. The Mennonite bishops in Ohio broke away from the Amish bishops after a final meeting in Janice's ancestor's barn. The Amish maintained that photographs are "graven images" and therefore forbidden in the Hebrew scriptures, whereas those who became "Old Mennonite" felt photos were acceptable. Nevertheless, they remained a luxury for several generations . . . and the immigrants were very poor.

SKIZO said...

Thank you for sharing
This fabulous work with us
Good creations

NENSA MOON said...

What do you mean about the other people who never identified by your mother??
Is that mean...there're 2 ghost around your uncle??

very interesting photo!
Thanks for sharing.