funeral-wreaths

funeral-wreaths:

Examples of sleep in Victorian photography

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Alice Liddell, spring 1860
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Amy and Agnes Hughes, 12 October 1863
David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, Sophia Finlay and Harriet Farnie, 1848
Lady Clementina Hawarden, Clementina Maude, 5 Princes Gardens, 1863-64
Lady Clementina Hawarden, Clementina Maude, 5 Princes Gardens, 1862-63

Sleep acquired a certain mystique in Victorian photography, particularly images of sleeping children, and it carried close but not necessarily negative associations with death. Child mortality rates were painfully high, and for Victorian viewers photographs of sleeping innocents could gently remind and comfort them that passing away into the afterlife is not entirely dissimilar to falling asleep into dreams. There is arguably little to distinguish such pictures from the popular and well-known ‘post-mortem’ photographs of the day, since corpses were often posed in a manner to suggest peaceful sleep. In the literature of the day, too, sleep was frequently coupled with death, and these photographs bring to mind Christina Rossetti’s ‘Dream-Land’, ‘After Death’, and others. Of course, images of female models feigning sleep were also for purely artistic effect: the young ladies in Hawarden’s photographs are sunk in their private dreamlands, almost allowing the viewer a glimpse into their inner fantasies through their languid expressions.

sweethomestyle

mollyea:


luxuryaccommodations
:

The Eagles View Suite - Finland

Spacious, luxurious and utterly unique, the Eagles View Suite at Iso Syote Hotel is a spectacular two-floor accommodation built around a growing tree. The outstanding design along with the topnotch amenities and stunning glass roof and walls that afford million dollar views of summer’s midnight sun and winter’s Northern Lights, make this space an exclusive, year-round oasis. However, Finland’s best ski boutique hotel in 2013 has much more to offer, including delightful traditional cottages, top-quality cuisine and an unparalleled choice of winter activities.

Website | TripAdvisor

Wowowow

andrewpresents

andrewpresents:

Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix | 'The Moon Song'

If you’ve seen the movie her by Spike Jonze, then you’re already aware of ‘The Moon Song’ - a cute number that Joaquin and Scarlett (aka ‘her’/’samantha’) sing together. The official soundtrack actually features a proper recording of 'The Moon Song' by Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s which is just as sweet - but there is something endearing about Scarlett and Joaquin’s version that sums of so much of what I loved about this film.