Warning :: The Post Contains Graphic Material
It’s a rare occasion that I need to preface a post with a warning of any sort, but I fear that even for our most seasoned readers this may be a slight bit graphic. Pictured here are the raw and intensely candid photographs of The Body Farm research facility, taken by artist Sally Mann.
Located in Tennessee, the Body Farm is a forensic anthropology research facility dedicated to the study of human decomposition in order to aid in investigative procedures. Founded in 1981 by anthropologist Bill Bass, the site has a number of human remains at any given time placed in difference settings throughout the facility and left to decompose, where students and scientists study and observe the process. Several other farms have opened since the original, and I highly recommend Death’s Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm for further reading.
The images below are a select few of the specimens studied at the facility, with more on Sally Mann’s portfolio site, and a stark reminder that we are all organic creatures, waiting to go back to the earth.