Leaving a lasting legacy

21/08/13

We take a look at some of the weird and wonderful ways people have chosen to be remembered after they're gonePainting dead people was common for centuries, so it's no surprise that, in the Victorian Era, post-mortem photography came into fashion.

Due to the extremely high mortality rate, the memorial portrait or “memento mori” served as a keepsake to remember the deceased in a time where diseases like tuberculosis and cholera were rife among the majority of the population.

Made possible by the arrival of the daguerreotype, most of the photographs around this time show the dearly departed propped up against a stand posing with existing family members as if they are still alive.

For families who were unable to afford the commission of a painted portrait, this cheaper and quicker method provided the middle class with a means for memorialising dead loved ones.

The introduction of antibiotics and vaccines later increased life expectancy significantly meaning that death became less of an everyday matter, and this together with the introduction of affordable cameras eradicated the demand for post-mortem portraits.

Although the practice of post-mortem portraiture is still practiced today, it is largely perceived as disturbing which has allowed alternative methods of keepsakes to enter the market.

The world of technology has since shown no signs in slowing down and thanks to a new service called My3DTwin technology, you can now create your very own replica model for your loved ones to keep ensuring that they’ll remember you just the way you are (were).

Capturing the most intricate of details from clothes and jewellery to facial expression and even the exact shade of lipstick, the custom-made 'high-level composite' plastic models have been described as 'a new and exciting way to change a perspective on common photography by introducing 3D photography'.

Taking an altogether new approach, the partnership between 3D-printing firm Cadvanture and scanning company Levavo incorporates 3D scanning and printing technology to create uncannily lifelike models of customers ensuring that you'll leave a lasting legacy long after you're gone.