Life Ghosts in the Womb
posted by November 22 at 11:14 AMon
That is a fetal elephant, in utero, scanned and photographed for a National Geographic documentary.
Here is a golden retriever:
Don’t they look like ghosts? Luminous, insubstantial, like they’re not really in the world yet, like they could disappear at any moment. I’d like to think of fetuses as tiny ghosts—that’s almost sweeter and more poetic than the theory of homunculi.
Slightly less poetic is this quote, from one of the filmmakers:
“Animals were trained to sit still near the scanners and we also inserted cameras into the womb via the elephant’s rectum—but it has been worth it.