13 Dec 2009

Research: Spontaneous Human Combustion - Dr John Irving Bently

Phil pointed me in the direction of this image when I mentioned my ideas in the blog earlier.

This is an incredibly eerie photo. When I saw it I didn't know what to make of it.
Is that a leg?
Why is there a walking frame?
Its not safe to have a hole in the bathroom.

That is until you see the title. This normal man died in a second due to something no one could se coming:
Instantaneous Human Combustion.
If you Don't know:
Spontaneous human combustion (SHC) is a name used to describe cases of the burning of a living human body without an apparent external source of ignition. There is speculation and controversy regarding SHC - some regard it as a unique and currently unexplained phenomenon, while others feel that cases described as SHC can be understood using current generally-accepted scientific principles. There have been about 200 cited cases worldwide over a period of around 300 years; however, most of the alleged cases are characterised by the lack of a thorough investigation, or rely heavily on hearsay and oral testimony. In many of the more recent cases, where photographic evidence is available, it is alleged that there was an external source of heat present (often cigarettes), and nothing occurred "spontaneously."
hanks Wikipedia)

This image refers to the uncanny because when you see it, you are unsure what to make of it. How did it happen? What has happened? Why is there a leg and walking frame? When you find out that it is indeed Human Combustion, the dread and un easyness of it plays on you. This man was living his life. In his bathroom. His nice, safe Bathroom. Thinking what he is gonna have for dinner. Then Bang. Dead. That split second change in a safe enviroment causes death when there was no threat of any. Thats the feeling I want to portray.
Has death just occured? Or is it about to?


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