Midweek Muse – Mia Jane-Harris

Mia Jane-Harris creates absolutely stunning close-up photographs of medical specimens of human cadavers in her series “Your Corpse is Beautiful.” I absolutely love her description and reason for creating this project:

“I wanted to show people items from medical museums/collections that I didn’t think were appreciated the way that they should be. These museums hold collections of thousands of human cadaver sections and specimens that are used for scientific research and study. They are looked at every day to learn from but in their dull and dirty containers surrounded by thousands of others they lose a huge part of their charm and people are so focused on what they are that they don’t notice how amazingly beautiful they are. So I wanted to take away the scientific surroundings, the educational environment, the dust and the grime and the information text books to leave behind just these absolutely striking objects. … People appreciated the beauty behind them. Those outside of the medical profession weren’t pushed away due to their normal mind set of ‘its part of a dead person so its disgusting’ and those in the medical profession finally saw the beauty that they had ignored that had been staring them in the face the whole time.

People were amazed to see that death could be such a beautiful thing…”


See more of Mia’s work at mia-janeharris.co.uk

4 comments on “Midweek Muse – Mia Jane-Harris

  1. The photos will be more appreciated if they are labeled and annotated so we know what we are looking at. It is not enough to say they are beautiful.

    • If you labelled and annotated them they would just become the scientific specimens that they started as and would completely go against the entire point of the series. She is aiming to as it states ‘take away the scientific aspect’ and leave the beauty behind so that they become more than just research material, not just replicate exactly what is in the museum and achieve nothing. Read the quote.

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