found skeleton

Wash that smile off your skull

I can’t lay claim to the above photograph, it’s an image from the Powerhouse Museum Collection on Flickr. It’s a glass plate negative from Sydney-based photographic studio from around 1890 through to 1920. It’s public domain, and I’ve added a bit of sepia toning and more contrast.

Flickr has a magnificent section of its web site called The Commons. Museums and public institutions from around the world post images from their archives that are out of copyright (mostly).

I could spend hours looking through their collections. I think about the people captured in the images, and the kind of lives they led.

Maybe in a 100 years someone will examine a digital collection of my photos and marvel at the strangeness of my early 21st century life.

Until then, I can at least give this found skeleton a new audience.

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