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  • The dead are easy to photograph.

    They don't wriggle around. They don't get bashful. They don't blink at the wrong moment.

    And they can look beautiful. Stunningly, heartbreakingly beautiful.

    It was an exclusive viewing of the 'Bodies Revealed' exhibition in the wee small hours of the morning and accompanying me were a dozen or so photographers and around thirty corpses. The former were busily flitting around, adjusting tripods, changing lenses and jostling for the best angle. The latter weren't moving much due to being in varying states of dissection, preservation and artful presentation.

    And for the hour or so that I was in their presence, I was as guilty as the other shutterbugs for shameless, selfish voyeurism; striving for the best angle, the most dramatic light, the most innovative shot.

    It was only later when I was reviewing my images back in the comfort of my living room that it really sunk in that these weren't just still lives. They were stilled lives. People. Or rather ex-people.

    What sights had those plastinated eyeballs seen? Who had those flayed lips kissed? How had that dessicated heart ached? Why had those delicate coral lungs ceased to rise and fall?

    When you look at world through a lens, sometimes it's all too easy to see art and miss reality.

    Rest in peace dead posers. And cheers for the lovely photos.
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