Till Death Do Us Part - Mark Benecke - E-Book

Till Death Do Us Part E-Book

Mark Benecke

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Der komplette deutsche Text ist nun kostenlos als PDF vom Autor erhältlich. «The images are sharp and beautiful, and when I saw a couple of skulls which have a shape our brain interprets as a smile, I had to smile along with them. For everything to be at rest and truly be in peace is something I've rarely seen captured so poetically, organically and lovingly as in this book. Enjoy your time discovering the photographs in this book.» Mark Benecke, Ph.D. «Fabian Haas has dedicated himself to this natural phenomenon, life and death, and approached it with thousands of photos on his safari in the Kenya wilderness. Moments of this safari to the end of life have been selected in this book, a tribute to past and future life.» Ulrich Werner Schulze

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

Skeletons on the Savannah

Bodies in Transition Decay & Decomposition

Cattle

Zebra

Elephant

Wildebeest

Flamingo

Eland

Buffalo

Gazelle

Marabou

Baboon

Notes on the Photographs

Travel Companions

Biography

Foreword

You can see what it’s meant to be

To photograph corpses, photographers use a ring‐flash. This is a flash light surrounding the lens, creating not a circular reflection, but a nice and even light – as long as you do not photograph living eyes.

This type of lighting can be found, for instance, in a series by Martin Schöller, a photographer from New York. He has photographed every A‐list celebrity in the USA, and more recently many homeless people, using a ring‐flash lens. His subjects' faces are kept natural (no makeup or anything like that) and can be blown up to be metres large and hang in galleries displaying clarity and truth.

Despite the ring‐flash, people – especially dead ones – can be fiddly or even downright difficult to photograph. Sometimes they're lying outdoors, sometimes in the shadows, sometimes their skin shines under the neon light or shows interesting details which would be made unrecognizable by a glaring assist light. «The photography done for the Atlas was painstaking. Every expert must be able to make the right judgement», wrote Waldemar Weimann and Otto Prokop, Heads of Departments at the East and West Berlin Institutes for Forensic Medicine, in their photographically and forensically groundbreaking Atlas of Forensic Medicine in 1963. Their encyclopedia was published over several editions and contains some two thousand outstanding black‐and‐white photos of hanged, dismembered, buried, drowned and stabbed corpses.

Prokop was himself an expert. For example, he developed a trick to make sure the corpses were illuminated uniformly: He would make the camera's diaphragm hole as small as possible and leave the shutter open. The camera rested on a steady‐as‐ a‐rock tripod, and Prokop left the shutter open and carried the light source around the body. By moving the lamp around, he was able to illuminate his photos evenly.

The black and white crime scene photos from old New York are also well‐known. There are even coffee‐table books full of these photos. Individual photos of corpses were trendsetters; perhaps the most impressive among them is The Most Beautiful Suicide