Convicted murderer Joseph Paul Jernigan was executed in Texas on August 5, 1993, at 12:31. Jernigan donated his body to science, and it was sliced into 1,871 milimeter-thick segments. Now a new photo project puts him back together.
As a ghost.
Project 12:31, named after Jernigan's time of death, involves showing each segment of his body on a laptop screen, and photographing the results in long exposure. The glowing laptop images of Jernigan's body result in weirdly distorted images of his corpse, appearing to float spectrally through various landscapes. (It sort of reminds me of Matt Jones' RFID image art.)
Here's the animation of Jernigan's 1,871 thin slices, being shown one after the other:
The images come via the Visible Human Project.
Playing that video on a laptop screen, and shooting the results in long exposure, creates a weird impression of Jernigan's body in space. According to the project's website:
The animation was played fullscreen on a computer, which was moved around by an assistant while being photographed in a dark environment. The resulting images are long-exposure "light paintings" of the entire cadaver. Variations in the movement of the computer during each exposure created differences in the shape of the body throughout the series.
Here are some more disturbingly gross images of the dead murderer being resurrected as a virtual phantom: