The Human Remains Image Series by Michelle Carlson is Historic

By: Jana Pijak - Published: • References: and lanciatrendvisions
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.