These photos came to light when I was sorting my Ma’s stuff out … and thought as she’d have been 99 now – they were appropriate to show …
|Too late for me - but what about you?|
... they’re from about 40 years ago … and there’s a young one of me … pink shirt + more hair!!
|Side view ...|
I must have been in South Africa, as I don’t remember seeing her in these outfits …
|Reverse ... bones and ...|
... my Ma was a great fund raiser for the west Cornwall community … fairly obvious when you see these photos … and somewhere there’s some of her as a rhubarb plant!
|Stepping out ...|
Then to change the tone of this post I found a brochure on this collection with an anonymous photo, taken in 1942, which appeared in an exhibition I went to see in 2012/13 … ‘Death: The Richard Harris Collection’ …
|From the brochure - 1942|
the photo for Room 5, titled
… as the brochure describes: ‘at the heart of the exhibition are questions about the value of art in communicating ideas about death and the body’ ...
|'Vanitas Still Life with a Bouquet and a Skull' (detail)|
Adriaen van Utrecht (1599 - 1652)
... while the note at the end of the introduction advises about the exhibition: ‘Sometimes disturbing, occasionally macabre and often moving, the images on display provide a singular insight into the history of our eternal desire to make peace with death’.
|A young me in pink ... with Care Home staff ...|
… perhaps after all – it is 101 years since the end of World War 1 – I will draft something up from the above exhibition …
|Heralding Happy Halloween|
On a lighter note – I leave you with one or two more amusing photos of my Mama …
Happy Halloween … just don’t get tempted by the sweets, or should I say candy, that will no doubt abound …
|Mum working in the garden at|
the Care Home she ran
Wellcome Collection – press release for Death: ASelf-Portrait (Richard Harris is a former antique print dealer from Chicago)
PS Memento Mori – is Latin for ‘remember you will die’ …
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