The dream of time travel has been achieved with the spectral photographs presented in this book, a collection of anonymous Hallowe’en. Ossian Brown has compiled a number of anonymous photographs depicting this in the book “Haunted Air” (), dating between and. Ossian Brown was a member of the dark, magical electronic music photos, dating between and , as collected in Haunted Air, with.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Haunted Air by Ossian Brown. The photographs in Haunted Air provide an extraordinary glimpse into the traditions of this macabre festival from ages past, and form an important document of photographic history.
These are the pictures of the dead: The roots of Halloween lie in the ancient pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhai The photographs in Haunted Air provide an extraordinary glimpse into the traditions of this macabre festival from ages past, and form an important document of photographic history.
The roots of Halloween lie in the ancient pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain, a feast to mark the death of the old year and the birth of the new.
It was believed that on this night the veil separating the worlds of the living and the dead grew thin and ruptured, allowing spirits to pass through and walk unseen but not unheard amongst men. The advent of Christianity saw the pagan festival subsumed in All Souls’ Day, when across Europe the dead were mourned and venerated. Children and the poor, often masked or in outlandish costume, wandered the night begging “soul cakes” in exchange for prayers, and fires burned to keep malevolent phantoms at bay.
From Europe, the haunted tradition would quickly take root and flourish in the fertile soil of the New World. Feeding hungrily on fresh lore, consuming half-remembered tales of its own shadowy origins and rituals, Halloween was reborn in America. The pumpkin supplanted the carved turnip; costumes grew ever stranger, and celebrants both rural and urban seized gleefully on the festival’s intoxicating, lawless spirit. For one wild night, the dead stared into the faces of the living, and the living, ghoulishly masked and clad in tattered backwoods baroque, stared back.
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Dec 27, karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 66 comments. Jan 09, Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it it was amazing Shelves: Creepy, but also filled with charming little things. Mar 10, Kristoffer rated it it was amazing. Sep 14, Claire rated it liked it Shelves: Also a lot of redface, but I think I wasn’t as shocked at that because of how common it still is at white Greek life Halloween hauntwd all across college campuses.
One photo had seven people in it and four out of bdown seven were in either blackface or redface, and two girls in blackface literally had the letters “MAID” sewed onto their dresses.
People dressed odsian creepy then O. I would love to give this collection a 5 but it’s only getting a 3 because in the “historical notes” page at the end of the book We shouldn’t condone these racist attitudes or behaviors, but we also cannot deny that they existed in the first place”.
Literally that’s all ya gotta do when you’re dealing with history that showcases racist attitudes of that time period. Sep 20, Kurt rated it it was amazing.
Captivating and transporting, this collection of old Halloween pictures really takes me where I want to ossiann into a nether world full of intrigue, nostalgia, history, mystery, fright and humor.
You can practically smell Autumn when looking through this. These are from the days before vacuu-formed or full-head, super detailed latex masks were mass marketed to folks around the country, so there’s a handmade spirit and imagination that permeates the many images. There’s makeup, bags and weird masks a Captivating and transporting, this collection of old Halloween pictures really takes me where I want to be; into a nether world full of intrigue, nostalgia, history, mystery, fright and humor.
There is an otherworldly and distant world living between the covers of this book that gives the pictures the ability to startle us as we turn the pages. I can’t even articulate it. There is a feeling that comes over you when you look through these. Some are creepy and indeed haunting, some are just plain weird some are moving.
All are remarkable, fantastic photographs, and collecting them together increases their power. There is much here to ponder. I think about these people, lost to time, these images lying in wait in dusty boxes, dead to the world, awaiting some ressurection. I look and try to identify where they are, or what might be going on in their day to day lives.
Admittedly, I feel like this book is aimed directly at me. So much so that I find myself surprised that it actually exists. I’ll get to reviewing that one later. But I love both of them.
It’s a fascinating, impressive collection that says more with it’s strange images than words and description could ever do justice to. Oct 18, Margaret Bessai rated it really liked it. If you love images by Diane Arbus, or vintage Hallowe’en, you’ll enjoy looking at this book.
It features anonymous, vintage Halloween browj, dating between and collected by Ossian Brown, a British musician and artist. David Lynch wrote the book’s introduction. There is no context for these images, which piques my curiousity.
yaunted Great review on NPR blog: Oct 18, Josh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Like wandering through some weird hinterland where it’s always Autumn and Halloween is forever just around the corner. Dec 27, Arthur Cravan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dude, who the hell is this Geoff Cox guy? At first, Haunyed was worried it would be some soft, wanna-be shit, something from the pen of Neil Gaiman, brow besides a few strains of repetitiveness, his afterword was truly amazing.
Anyw Dude, who the hell is this Geoff Cox guy? Anyway, that’s just the afterword, but wow. The group shots in particular seem to reveal a lot osian of what, I don’t know. There’s a lot of rural photos. The ones of the adults seem the least inspired. Is it literally that the designs were too creepy, too inhuman for our watered-down culture? That’s not to say that most of it was pre-bought – a lot of it is simply stuff like a large paper bag with a face drawn on it.
One of the photos even looked like a garbage bag tied around the kid’s head, which was scary for different reasons. Quite a cool book to have on the shelf to whip out that time of year. Apr 26, Hank Stuever rated it it was ok. I wasn’t as charmed or intrigued by this collection of old photographs as I expected to be. And what’s with the David Lynch intro, which is really only words or so of childlike writing? The afterword essay by Geoff Cox also seems to heap more meaning on these photographs than they deserve.
I mean, hats off to the person Ossian Brown who found and collected all these old snapshots of kids and adults wearing Halloween cost I wasn’t as charmed or intrigued by this collection of old photographs as I expected to be.
I mean, hats off to the person Ossian Brown who found and collected all these old snapshots of kids and adults wearing Halloween costumes some of which are indeed creepy, thanks to their handmade qualitybut this book is not as rich, not as outre, not as special as its packaging and presentation would lead you to believe.
Nov 12, Wesley rated it really liked it. This set of black and white and sepia pictures from the late 19th to the first half of the 20th centuries is a collection of images of American children and adults dressed for Halloween. The pictures are presented as is – one to a page – without any additional commentary. The costumes are quite often the stuff of nightmares and the collection could easily be the costume designer’s notes for any number of modern horror or serial killer movies.
The blank masks and homemade pap Haunted and haunting. The blank masks and homemade paper or sacking masks are especially disturbing. An excellent book and collection that scratches beneath the psyche of a nation. Dec 13, Rich Rosell rated it it was amazing.
Ossian Brown’s ‘Haunted Air’
It might be wrong to say I “read” this, as out of pages there ahunted only about 5 with text. But this collection of anonymous Halloween photographs from c. The old photos – one per page – are creepy, disturbing and fascinating.
As a bonus treat David Lynch he knows weird broqn an all-caps intro, so there’s that. Jan 27, Nancy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love love love this book! I know, how can I say I’ve “read” a book when there’s no text? But this truly is the most awesomely weird picture book ever. It is entirely comprised of vintage black and white photos of children dressed up for Halloween, and a more hauntev bunch of kids would be hard to find!
I may have to actually buy my own copy of this one. Dec 22, Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it it was amazing Shelves: