“Looking-glass, Looking-glass, on the wall, Who in this land is the fairest of them all?”
“Oh Queen, you are fairest of all I see, But over the hills, where the seven dwarfs dwell, Snow White is still alive and well, and none is so fair as she.”
Vintage photo of a woman posed beside the Mirror of San Sebastián, which, instead of reflecting back her youthful beauty, reveals the hideous skull beneath the skin.
Its origin unknown, the first written reference to the mirror places it in the possession of the Hermitage of El Rocío in 1486, where it was locked away to keep it from distressing visitors.
Though falling more into the category of “accursed object” than “practical medical imaging tool,” the Mirror of San Sebastián (also known as Satan’s Looking Glass) was employed by the Hospital de la Santa Creu in Barcelona, Spain from 1601 to 1773 to the benefit of tens of thousands of patients with skull injuries.
Purchased at auction in 1983, Baby Gruenwald keeps the mirror in the bathroom off his baroque dining room to totally mess with people.
I noticed this storm brewing while I was working on the computer and rushed to my go-to spot just down the road to shoot a timelapse. (I’ve picked up the habit of periodically doing “sky checks” both indoors and out to make sure I’m not missing something interesting, the funny thing about doing this in public is that it’s actually contagious, and much like a good yawn, if other people see it, there’s a decent chance they’ll do it too, but unlike the yawn phenomenon, when they look up and see nothing out of the ordinary, I assume that they assume I’m crazy) The storm was moving fast, and I only managed to get 80 photos before it started raining. After looking through the photos, I noticed some cloud formations that looked like half a skull, so I tried mirroring a few different frames from the timelapse to bring out the best looking skull, without altering the photo (aside from cropping and mirroring)