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This is the real thing. This is actual human sculls and bones.

This is shot in a church in a small town (Kutná Hora) outside of Prague. It's an ossuary and it's decorated with an amazing amount of human bones. The cemetery has been very popular (popular is probably the wrong word here) due to the fact that in the 13th century an abbot covered the cemetery with 'Holy Soil' from Jerusalem. During the plague sick people used to come here to die. In 1870 a woodcarver was hired to decorate the church with the remains of all these people. He had about 40 000 sets of bones to work with. Among the most impressive things he made is an enormous chandelier, a coat of arms, and two big (6ft) chalices. There are bones everywhere.

It's an amazing sight to see the interior of this church. This shot is such a small part of it all.

(It was pretty dark in the ossuary and I didn't have my tripod and I didn't want to use the flash so to get reasonable shutter speeds I had to use ISO 800 so it's pretty noisy.)
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randomaxes Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
tones and lighting are superb!
i thought this was a drawing, but i love that quality in a photograph.
very nicely done.
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liberality Featured By Owner May 10, 2007
Wow, I just learned about the Sedlec Ossuary yesterday! There was a segment about it on Ripley's Believe it or Not. And then I was randomly browsing your deviant art when I saw this as the thumbnail and I just KNEW it had to be from the "bone church", and it was! I'd really like to go there someday.
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Yume-Megami Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006
Just a tad distrubing. But I have to admit, seeing "bone architecture" would be pretty amazing.
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AlethiometerGal Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006
Freaky. Definitely not Martha-Stweart type of decor. ;)
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insertknifehere Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2006
This is awesome!
I love it!
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snader Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006
Thanks! :D
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Drazed Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005
This is a beautiful photo of a fantastic place. I've been there twice, it's a very special place. I think you captured it very well. Now I have to find my photos I took there :P
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snader Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005
thanks for the comment and the fav!
It sure is a fantastic place, I want to return there someday.
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Drazed Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005
No problem mate :)
I hope I can go there again and get some nice photos, those I took there last time didnt' turn out all to well :P
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larsen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005  Professional Photographer
Amazing photograph! It's almost got an illustrative/painted look to it, hadn't it been for the grain which I think adds a nice touch to this piece.
Nicely composed too, love the subtle tones and rough textures.

-Thomas
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overcome Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2005  Student
Is this a resubmission?? I remember seeing it before. Anyways I loved it then.
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OfirAbe Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2005  Professional Photographer
a really interesting shot.
in a way... a very cool wallpaper :P
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KelFausto Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2005
waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa i wana see that church!!!! :excited:
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p3ppi3-la-hyatt Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2005   Photographer
Wow, that's a little creepy...but I love creepy!! :D I would love to see something like this up close! I bet it was amazing!
Excellent shot, nice composition too!
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Gerda Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2005
I bet it makes praying more comfortable ;)
Amazing shot. Quite disturbing.
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sm00keh Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2005
fantastic shot,awesome!
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esjessi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2005   Photographer
I like the graininess. It seems to go well with the feel of the photo :)
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snader Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2005
Thanks for the comment! :)
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hlgrsn Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2005   Photographer
oooh my God.. Skulls! I loove skulls! :D

the nois does'nt bother me at all here.. It just gives a nice effect to it all
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snader Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2005
yeah, the noice kind of fits

thanks for the comment!
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janey Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004   Photographer
i think i've seen that place on "ripley's believe it or not". great shot, i wish there was skull churches here. i like the noise, i think it suits it. sharpness would give it a scientific feel, and since you've described the place and respect it i think the grain and noise gives it a bit more feeling and age to the place.
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bka-ratte Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2004
very nice photo!
a bit horrible....

:clap:

perhaps it would be a nice wallpaper ;)
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snader Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2004
Thanks! :)
And yes, it would probably make quite a nice wallpaper ;)

And thanks for the fav!
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gothian Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004
This is one of the coolest pics I've ever seen !!! :clap: :+fav:
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bka-ratte Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2004
you're so right :+fav:
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Maddhattrrr Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2004
dude, i wish you had more of this series in your gallery...because it's just impressive...seems totally worth the trip there to see it in person...
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snader Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004
Everybody seems to want more shots of this place. There wont be any more though.

And yes, it is definately worth the trip, it's an amzing place.

Thanks for the comment!
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mrshan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2004  Professional
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damn !!!
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overcome Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2004  Student
The way the cranial and Humeres bones are stacked is in the classic "Jolly Rogers" pirate style. Beautiful picture. I'd love to go there and do sketches.
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augustmobius Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2004  Professional Photographer
I'm on my laptop which usually shows noise more but I must say that this shot is only enhanced by any noise in the shot. it's not weird coloured noise so it just looks like grain/texture I guess. anyway. great composition, focus, and textures.
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snader Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2004
Thanks! :)
I think I like the noise in this shot too.
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deekz Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
Whoa, that's awesome. It looks more like a painting or something than a real photo. Nice work :clap:
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BLIS102 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
wow thats amazing. that was a incredible time period in history. great framing. wonderful
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AlphaKi Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
Why do I gain the wish to pull at one of these bones?

Great shot, I love old churches and the bones in it, we have lots of them in Germany. Some of the skeletts they have are "holy" and covered with gold and jewelery and people come to pray in front of them.
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DantesInferno Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
Fabulous!

I've been to that church once (couple of years ago... but without a proper camera :( )...
It's a real cool shot! :+fav:

C:= Dante C:=
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greenchylde Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004  Professional Artisan Crafter
i love this
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hollyw0uld20 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
wow wicked story. nice capture.
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Virdilak Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
Really beautiful. The subject matter, the color, the composition.. all perfect.
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snader Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
Thank you so much for the comment and the :+fav:!
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FideNullo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
Fantastic lighting & textures. I've seen this church on television here in the U.S. I've always wanted to visit, with my camera. Glad to see one of us got to go! Great image! :skullbones:
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snader Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
I've actually never heard of it before, but I'm really glad I've seen it now. Thanks a lot for the comment!
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TeriStearns Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the grain in the film gives a rather surreal feal to it...which is interesting in contrast to the stark reality of it. Most people just aren't that accustomed to seeing that much death, and here they seem to take it almost humoruously (pun intended). ^^; Awesome piece.
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Green814 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
That is quite a picture. Very well taken.
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kkart Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004  Professional Photographer
It seriously doesn't get much creepier than this....this is just fantastic in every way possible.
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snader Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
Thanks! :)

It definitely was a bit creepy with all these bones but at the same time the place had the same serenity as a normal church.
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silentdark Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004  Professional Photographer
when i first saw this i thought it was a render.


Awesome photo, and an interesting description, it'd be an awesome place to visit one day, though. :nod:
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snader Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
If you have the chance, don't miss it. It was one of the most special places I've ever been.
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Runewitch Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
i noticed that the skulls are all approximately the same size
does that carry through the whole structure of this piece?
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liinu Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
Oh!! =)
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nothin-special Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
this is fucking awsome....did you do anything to the background, cuz if not that makes it all the more better, but if you did you did a great job! :) :P :bye:
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8 mm
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Jun 7, 2004, 12:11:50 PM

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