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"Life Before Death -- This sombre series of portraits taken of people before and after they had died is a challenging and poignant study. The work by German photographer Walter Schels and his partner Beate Lakotta, who recorded interviews with the subjects in their final days, reveals much about dying - and living."
Credit: Walter Schels/Wellcome Trust Second portrait: March 10 2004 Beate felt that leaving her husband and children behind w...
"I want very much to die. I want to become part of that vast extraordinary light. But dying is hard work. Death is in control of the process, I cannot influence its course. All I can do is wait. I was given my life, I had to live it, and now I am giving it back."
Throughout the Victorian era one sometimes encounters portraits that were taken of the back of peoples' heads, such as this one of four lovely ladies. I'm very glad such photos were captured because they allow us to see what hairstyles and fashions of the day looked like from the back (instead of just the front).