Cian Hogan is from a small village near Galway, in the west of Ireland. He graduated with a degree in Multimedia from Dublin City University, but is mostly self-taught as an animator, He works as a freelancer doing design, art direction and animation between London and Galway. He makes gifs as a way to experiment and try out new techniques but in the process of doing that he creates beautiful little visual poems that are simultaneously formal, elegant, glitchy and mystical. Quite an achievement. I hope he makes more of these experiments.
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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.