DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that during the Victorian era, mothers need to hide in the background for their babies to be photographed? Back in the 1820s, images had to be exposed for hours to capture them on film. Photographing people took several hours then. It is allegedly the reason why most people in the Victorian era show stiff postures and unsmiling faces in photos because it was hard to hold a smile for hours. Hence, taking children's photo was way more difficult. Mothers had to sit all covered up disguised as background while holding their babies so they would stay still. This is known as the Hidden Mothers phenomena. Many believe that because of this difficulty, another way to photograph adult and people was developed: memento mori.
Memento mori (memorial portraiture) or post-mortem photography is the practice of photographing the deceased within hours after their death. Mortality rates during the Victorian era were extremely high because of environmental and health issues. During the 19th century, many were unable to afford to sit for a portrait session that the only way to memorialize loved ones is through post-mortem photography because it’s cheaper. The artist would arrange the subject in a way that it would have a lifelike appearance or that he/she will just look asleep. Coffins were not seen; children were posed with toys, while adults were posed in chairs or specially-designed frames. Some family would even pose with their dead member. It was only during the 20th century when cameras became more accessible that people were able to take photos by themselves. Photography has evolved a lot since then. More of us are taking photos than ever before, which means we need places to store these memories. Online photo storage enables you to access your photos from anywhere as long as there’s an internet connection. Now, it’s easier to fill up your storage given how digital and mobile phone cameras make snapping photos effortlessly. There are a lot of photo storage sites available to everyone. Just pick the one that is best for your needs personally or professionally.