Ossian Brown was a member of the dark, magickal electronic music group Coil and is currently in Cyclobe, a duo with his partner Stephen Thrower. Ossian is a strange attractor. Weird things find him. Like his exquisite collection of antique vernacular photographs of Halloweens past. Brown compiled his favorites of the freaky found photos, all dating between 1875 and 1955, into a gorgeous book titled Haunted Air
After viewing the photos, filmmaker David Lynch said, "I was somewhere else. I thought I was someplace but now I didn't know what place. I seemed to be inside foreign worlds where there was some kind of troubling camaraderie -- as if a haunting joke was known to everyone but me and yet faintly I knew it too."
Last year, we featured selections from Haunted Air. Now is a lovely time to take another peek.
Haunted Air: Halloween Photos 1875-1955
No, you’re not tripping. And these aren’t CG. You’re looking at Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish captured by Florida-based photographer Aaron Ansavor who finds them on a local beach. “It’s an opportunity to explore a new world,” he told National Geographic. More images at his site Ansarov.com. (via Jux)
Sandra Mills of Spokane, Washington claims this photo depicts infamous outlaw Jesse James and Robert Ford, a member of James’s gang who shot him in 1892 to score a $10,000 bounty.
It’ll go from 20 years from publication to 70 years after the photographer’s death, and it’s retroactive, meaning that millions of presently public domain photos reproduced online and in books will suddenly become copyright violations with gigantic penalties for all concerned.
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