Dax Norman is a Texan: Born in Houston now residing in Austin teaching Art and Entertainment Technologies at the University of Texas at Austin. He has an MFA in Art and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas, has made over 5000 gifs but now avoids social media because he feels it exploits artists. Once you get past the blast of color and motion and confusion on his website you will find a highly evolved aesthetic and a distinct style. Dax Norman’s work looks like it could have done in the late 1960′s, often using cultural references like the Mona Lisa or Batman or the Marlboro man as source material. If computers in the 1960′s could play gifs Dax Norman’s colorful organic and psychedelic loops would definitely be on them.
Postmortem photography or memento mori, the photographing of a deceased person, was a common practice in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The photographs were considered a keepsake to remember the dead. Child mortality was high during the Victorian era. For many children even a common sickness could be fatal. When a child or other family member died, families would often have a photograph taken before burial. Many times it was the first and last photograph they would ever possess of their loved one. Many postmortem photographs were close-ups of the face or shots of the full body. The deceased were usually depicted to appear as if they were in a deep sleep, or else arranged to appear more life-like. Children were often shown on a couch or in a crib, often posed with a favorite toy. It was not uncommon to photograph very young children with a family member, most frequently the mother. Adults were more commonly posed in chairs or even propped up on something.