There’s a lovely old English myth that if someone who truely loved and trusted the werewolf called it by name that it would turn back to human.
Others include throwing their human clothes at it and it’d turn back but that’s a bit less romantic
"You don’t understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world."
The Umbrella Tour. Cimetière du Père-Lachaise. Paris. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
These abandoned places are little spooky but stunning
Called the “City of 1001 Churches,” Ani stood on various trade routes and its many religious buildings, palaces, and fortifications were amongst the most technically and artistically advanced structures in the world.
At its height, Ani had a population of 100,000–200,000 people and was the rival of Constantinople, Baghdad and Damascus. Long ago renowned for its splendor and magnificence, Ani was abandoned and largely forgotten following the earthquake of 1319.
4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 5:
Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, England.
Built by Thomas Paine, Robert Adam and Matthew Brettingham in 1759.
Photographer Walter Sachels was terrified of death, so much so he refused to see his mother after she passed away. Upon entering his 70s, Schels finally decided to overcome his fear through a bold, bizarre project – photographing individuals before and directly after their death.
Schels and his partner Beat Lakotta began approaching potential individuals at hospices in Berlin and Hamburg. The pair were on constant alert, at times running out in the middle of the night to shoot before the undertaker would come.
Though emotionally draining, Schels recognized that the series became an important epitaph to people before they actually died. With family and friends unable to cope with the looming truth, terminally ill patients often feel completely isolated.
“It’s so good you’re doing this”, Schels quoted a dying man to The Guardian, “No one else is listening to me, no one wants to hear or know what it’s really like.”
Schels is no longer terrified of death and now sees avoidance of the issue as a serious problem in contemporary society, people unable to be truly present for loved ones when they need them most. Life Before Death is an attempt to confront our worst fears and perhaps, to see those nearing the end in a more human light. For the individual stories behind each of the portraits click here.
Miniature Models of Famous Artists in their Studios
- Jackson Pollock
- Willem de Kooning
- Inka Essenhigh
- Chuck Close
- April Gornik
- Constantin Brâncuși
- Ross Bleckner
- Matthew Ritchie
- Henri Matisse