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Body cast at Pompeii.

Giuseppe Fiorelli took charge of the archaeological excavations at Pompeii in 1860. During early excavations of the site, occasional voids in the ash layer had been found that contained human remains. It was Fiorelli who realized these were spaces left by the decomposed bodies and so devised the technique of injecting plaster into them to recreate the forms of Vesuvius's victims. This technique is still in use today, with a clear resin now used instead of plaster because it is more durable, and does not destroy the bones, allowing further analysis.

This upload marks the end of my epic (and rather longer than expected!) series from Italy. Thanks for everyone’s much appreciated C&Cs on the series.

Best wishes,
Philip

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Jun 2012 - 2:18 PM
Focal Length:4.1mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.3
Aperture:f/3.3
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Fired
White Balance:Auto
Title:The End
Username:Philip_H Philip_H
Uploaded:5 Oct 2012 - 6:54 PM
Tags:Archaeology, Body cast, Death, Giuseppe Fiorelli, Italy, Pompeii, Portraits / people
Votes:16

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64365 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2012 - 6:59 PM

Isn't that amazing? Preserved with almost perfect detail. So interesting.
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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom998 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2012 - 7:12 PM

This is a cast of the void left by a body that burnt to ashes. An identity that survived total annihilation. Moving, still tragic even after so many centuries. A thought-provoking end to the series.
Moira

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
5 Oct 2012 - 7:46 PM

Amazing Philip very interesting narrative to this great image.

John

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carper123
carper123  280 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2012 - 8:03 PM

Wow , Phillip that is one very emotive image, superbly presented.
Well done my friend.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2012 - 8:04 PM

"Amazing" is really what comes to mind when seeing this and learning the process. What a tragic end. Still existing as a duplicate of former form is really amazing! Thank you for sharing this and info.

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WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41035 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2012 - 8:30 PM

A 'peaceful' capture, unlike the other guy in the glass case!

Dave

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HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 - 10:59 PM

Lovely close up portrait of the statue,You really know the subjet,well done.
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NDODS e2 Member 33098 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 5:23 AM

An extremely beautiful and peaceful image.

Regards Nathan

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