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Duddy6 June 2012 at 7:24pmPosts: 5641 (0 today)Status: offline
Not art as such but I remember being bowled over by his work when my school bought a book of his photos. Wonderful images of a foetus in the womb.
See Editor's Pick on the right of this link.
rise7 June 2012 at 11:39amPosts: 956 (0 today)Status: offline
Sadly not in the womb, only in the amnion, Duddy.
I'm not fond of those pictures , think they are mortifying...
Ellee7 June 2012 at 3:30pmPosts: 1015 (0 today)Status: offline
Here is a quote from the article, Rise:
"In other words, while Nilsson (and Karl Storz in Germany and Jungners Optiska in Stockholm, who manufactured special macro-lenses and wide-angled special optics to Nilsson’s specs) revolutionized photography with mind-expanding devices and techniques for in utero photography, it’s worth recalling that not all of the embryos or fetuses seen in that groundbreaking 1965 LIFE article lived very long beyond the moment that Nilsson made their portraits. "
Made me wonder how these devices looked like, though
I found and still find these pictures a bit odd, but revolutionary
Ellee7 June 2012 at 4:01pmPosts: 1015 (0 today)Status: offline
Maybe I should say "disturbing" not odd, seems to be the better phrase
they are incredible.
i think the most striking stage is at 8 weeks when the eyes
really start to form. it seems to me to be the first stage of
self-awareness. all the stages are fascinating though.
& the term embryo is greek for swell. i never thought of our
development in that term!
it is tragic that some of these fetuses never survived but maybe
their whole purpose of being was to further our understanding
of this delicate gift.
rise, you say the photos are 'mortifying'.
the definition for mortify reads: 1. a. cause (a person) to feel shamed
or humiliated. b. wound (a person's feelings). 2. bring (the body, the
flesh, the passions, etc.) into subjection by self-denial or discipline.
i don't think these images could humiliate you or that you're in self-denial
of something as real as our early stages of development. but how do
they wound you?
rise8 June 2012 at 3:14pmPosts: 956 (0 today)Status: offline
I just most time have an ungood feeling, when dead persons are used for publicity.
rise9 June 2012 at 9:34amPosts: 956 (0 today)Status: offline
I know that, Michelle and also agree to that. It's more a question of dignity and a tightropewalk between science, beauty and graving for sensation.
These pictures have a high level of science and also beauty- My only doubt is in the dignity of creating .
Duddy14 June 2012 at 4:46pmPosts: 5641 (0 today)Status: offline
I didn't know that the foetuses were not in the womb. Maybe if I had thought about it I could have guessed. Still think these are amazing photos even if I am not sure what I feel about the means to create them.
Ellee16 June 2012 at 7:43pmPosts: 1015 (0 today)Status: offline
Don’t want to be the "anorak", (that's a nice word I just learnt) the "know it all", but the pictures were taken "in utero" as I quoted.
A small part of the fetuses had no change to get born, but their parents decided to make pictures of them. So they had a kind of memory. Maybe not what I had done, but nevertheless most of the fetuses have been born later.
Here a link to an interview with Nilsson
rise19 June 2012 at 12:51pmPosts: 956 (0 today)Status: offline
Endoscopy now is usual, but in 1965? Anyway- I don't want to be too much "know it all" either, though I am -by nature! Also if I can't find the words, somehow I know it all...that's a quote, my mother often said about babys, and somehow I like it.
Ellee19 June 2012 at 5:00pmPosts: 1015 (0 today)Status: offline
Babies are somewhat wise and know everything Rise
your mother is right!
But, you obviously didn't read the interview with Lennard Nilsson he used devices to do take pictures from inside the womb as early as in the midst 60ties.
Now, I suppose these pics did influence Peter in his love for pictures of human life in all its forms