“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”
Susan Sontag, On Photography (p15)
The photo above is made by Craigie Horsfield (1949 born in Cambridge). He prints his pictures long after they were taken to question our memory of the past. And he prints his pictures very large to build monuments for that past.
And from memento mori it is only a small leap to joie de vivre.