The archeological museum in Madrid opened last week after some very hefty renovations and in honor of creepy old museums everywhere, I’m posting this series of photos by Debbie Carlos.
Photography itself is in many ways deathly. We take photos to preserve a moment in time deemed important because of what or who it captures. In her book On Photography, Susan Sontag writes a chapter titled Melancholy Objects and refers to photos as paper ghosts. If photos are resuscitated images then museums are fully blown, 3D versions, and complete with taxidermy, house the walking dead.
Carlos captures the eerie beauty of museums so cleverly with these images so that until you notice the glassy reflection in places you would almost believe that the animals were real. Or at least ghostly traces of real animals. So really these photos are ghosts of ghosts. Phew. Happy Tuesday!