Nick Sullo is a visual artist from Austin, California. Within the field of visual effects, he has contributed to projects such as Taboo, Netflix Stranger Things, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, San Andreas and Iron Man 3.
I was born and raised in California where I went to art school and started my career in Visual Effects for Film. I started out as a fine artist since I was a kid doing illustrations, paintings, printmaking and started experimenting in digital when I was 12 and once I got my hands on a Wacom and a copy of Photoshop that my neighbor had in his music studio it took off from there. I’ve been doing VFX for about 8 years now and in 2015 got back into illustration and recently painting again.
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.