My eye caught a dark form lying on the river bottom. It took me a few moments to comprehend what I had stumbled upon. Lying peacefully in the shallow waters of the river, only a few meters from shore, was a full-grown cougar. The contrast between the serenity of the scene I was witnessing and what must have played out here in the cougar’s final moments made me shiver. It was the first shiver of many, as I stripped down and waded out into the icy water to get this shot. x
These two appear to be having fun.
Yes, I realize these are horrific and may be terribly upsetting (they are to me). There are also color photos which are much more graphic and which I could hardly bring myself to look at for longer than a second or two, let alone post (you can view them for yourselves on the artist’s website).
Nevertheless, it’s an important series. So here it is.
Sally Mann - What Remains (2003)
“Mann’s fifth book, What Remains, published in 2003, is based on the show of the same name at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, and is in five parts. The first section contains photographs of the remains of Eva, her greyhound, after decomposition. The second part has the photographs of dead and decomposing bodies at the federal Forensic Anthropology Facility (known as the ‘Body Farm’). The third part details the site on her property where an armed escaped convict was killed. The fourth part is a study of the grounds of Antietam, the site of the bloodiest single day battle in American history during the Civil War. The last part is a study of close-ups of the faces of her children.Thus, this study of mortality, decay and death ends with hope and love.”
I don’t find them horrific or disturbing at all… they’re all beautiful and fascinating images.