I have just died from this cuteness.
“The Foundling” by Max Kimber [link]
The importance of source and context on the Internet has possibly never been made clearer than in the above post.
Those of you who find this photo all adorable may want to know that these are two dead animals, who were found already passed and then placed artfully together by photographer Max Kimber.
Quote from the artist’s website:
“All of my work has been inspired by my photographic images of found dead animals. Initially, these served to highlight the beauty of these creatures in making a type of memento mori to their passing, but mostly it was simply a way of preserving them, much in the same way as Taxidermy does. The embalming nature (Barthes, Camera Lucida) of photography was ideal for this type of preservation and capturing the beauty and tragedy of death became a way of keeping the subjects alive. Conveniently, Taxidermy and photography are both about surface appearance, death and preservation – albeit a strange preservation in which the subject is no longer really present.
I hoped to demonstrate the similarities between animal and human life; that under the skin, fur or scales we are all similarly alive and sentient. The resulting images are sometimes beautiful, occasionally dark and macabre and a few come close to what I sought to achieve.”
I think the most important thing to note here is that removing credit from an artist’s work is a total asshole move. Seriously, stop fucking doing it.
The second important thing to note is that sure, Tumblr is fun because it exposes us to all kinds of amazing music, imagery, writing, and people. However, by removing the context of an artist’s work, you remove the original intent, idea, or sentiment behind it. You’re taking in imagery without really knowing anything about it — it’s such a passive behaviour. We spend way too much time staring at screens without ever really taking anything in. Don’t you yearn to learn something new? Gain a new perspective?
Worse still, is that the first person who removes the source then robs nearly everyone else on the Internet from learning about the work’s original intention.
So please, for your fellow Internet people and talented artists everywhere, stop removing credit and context.