The Human Remains Image Series by Michelle Carlson is Historic

By: Jana Pijak - Oct 13, 2013
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Entitled 'Human Remains', this image series by photographer Michelle Carlson recounts history and celebrates the deceased subjects of antique photographs.

Taking inspiration from the previous works of artists Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray, the photographer interposed images of vintage garment fragments with a series of found antique portraits. The 'Human Remains' image series aims to give one's memories a new form and creates fossilized versions of historical photograms.

Photographer Michelle Carlson's pieces layer aged photographs with transparent imagery that is captured using a light sensitive filtering technique. These floating garment layers embody a visual quality that is spooky and almost ghostlike while revealing transparent textures and intricate details like fibres of thread, embroidery patterns and decorative button accents.