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See The Modern-day Spirit Photography of Klaus Elle

Klaus Elle

Klaus Elle’s photography is reminiscent of the heyday of post-mortem and spirit photography in the Victorian era. Wispy, ghostly figures half-apparate into desolate spaces to communicate their suffering and their wisdom. They’re not threatening, but their melancholy is tangible. When I’ve been in spaces like these – abandoned, forlorn human habitations – I feel these grasping hands, these limp legs, these keening faces. This is like seeing behind the veil of my tight chest and panicked breath; seeing who’s there and understanding that their presence isn’t a threat to my soul. To me, it holds more of the reverence of death that used to be a part of Western cultures than it does the contemporary fear, decay and horror that we associate with death. Check out a gallery of Elle’s work below…

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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