Post mortem Patrik Budenz: Photography on death
Patrik Budenz photographed in crematoria and funeral directors. With his photographs of the deceased who touches our fear of mortality. Here is a selection of its objective, but also disturbing images.
Pictures, Movies and books that deal with death, stir our greatest fears. The confrontation with the art work reflects their own end for the viewer. At the deepest well in art, the interpretation sought mitliefert no frame and no original stories.
So the photographer Patrik Budenz scans approached the transience with quiet objectivity. For his series’ Post Mortem’ he attended funeral, took pictures in crematoria and organ collections. Him get pictures of dead, exceeding a limit, but do not gloat over the taboo: Budenz pointing to one of his works, for example, screws, artificial hips, left over from countless cremations, thrown together like a bunch of jagged bone.
then also look into the furnace itself: Only at second glance recognizes the viewer between the blazing orange, the dark eye sockets in a human skull and the half of flames gnawed ribs of a rib cage
Farthest right Budenz dares but with the portrait of a young dead. The focus is on his view from the side on her face, in addition to their shoulder joint but her open chest as does pink hole. Budenz’ only restraint is that image is to blur the contours.
A woman’s head, delicate as that of a bird
‘ I had previously photographed a series on forensic pathologists’ says Budenz.’ But still I went on the perspective of other people, so still remained a border with myself. I wanted to exceed this.’
In the series only was the camera between him and the deceased. Budenz’ pictures back up close to the dead. It shows how a deceased person before the final laying out nor the fingernails are painted when the skin of the dead has long greenish discoloration by water loss. How fix two hands in rubber gloves almost tenderly, to lift a woman’s head, delicate as that of a bird.
The photographer has his pictures so also points to an interesting space.’ There is an incredible ignorance about what happens after death,’ says Budenz. Formerly the dead were washed by the members, laid out in the house for farewell acquisition. Today, so tell Undertaker, although there is always more psychological services, long term help the members in the mourning process. But at what happens to the deceased, participate less and less people. The deceased will be outsourced, shunned the open lying in state.
Budenz moves with his paintings as well as a time back into the consciousness that is often left out in the grieving process. He gets every few months an email from an unknown person, who has discovered his photos on the Internet
One of them he has made to the preface of his image bands:.’ When my grandfather died, I did not see him. I wanted to remember him as he looked when he was still healthy’, writes a Chinese woman who was able to deal with the loss of a loved one better through his paintings:’ For three years, I could not sleep alone, after he died, Now I can sleep alone.’
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