AN OLTON student has embarked on a project examining the growing popularity of “funeral photography” in the UK.
Carrie-Anne Moran, a second year photography student at Birmingham City University, says the trend has only recently taken hold in this country.
She became interested in the subject after a family funeral earlier this year, when she saw some mourners taking pictures with their camera phones.
“Some people think it’s in bad taste,” said the 38-year-old. “And for me taking pictures of people grieving is a definite no-no.
“But if you look at something like the effort that goes into the flowers on the coffin, it’s quite sad that those things are rarely documented.
“As with weddings, funerals are becoming more personal to the deceased - there are motorbike funerals, themed coffins and ashes being scattered at football grounds.”
Her dissertation will look at the ethics of the practice, which has got a longer history in countries such as America and The Netherlands.
Carrie-Anne is interested in photographing an up-and-coming funeral free of charge, as part of her degree studies.
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