• Here is a section where we will post stuff involving Mourning the Ancient's past and present. Whether it's items bearing the Expansion symbol, props, projects we've released, like our photo CD's, or unreleased stuff like pins, playing cards, etc.. We'll update this section as we find time to post more. Enjoy the archive!

    [Our Weapons of War...
    Below are the some of the cameras we've used since our inception in 1995.
    Dinosaurs now, it is hard to imagine that these outdated machines were once top-of-the-line.
    Nonetheless, we felt you might find some interest in seeing some of the tools we used through the years.]

    [Polaroid: Our first few Mourning the Ancient pictures were done using the iconic Polaroid camera (examples of which can be found in the photo gallery). Below you can also view some pre-Mourning the Ancient Polaroids, which no doubt influenced us to do more photos, and a few months later Mourning the Ancient was born. As you may see, some of these photos violate that fine, blurry line between nude art and pornography. I hope we haven't offended your delicate sensibilities by giving you this glimpse! Ha!]

    [35mm Camera: This was the first 35mm camera we used for Mourning the Ancient. 'Weston'? Not exactly known for quality, and it certainly wasn't a good camera, not even for the price, which was free. It was a horribly cheap camera, like something you might get out of a cursed gumball machine. But we were pretty horrible photographers, so maybe it was a good match! Below are some pictures of negatives from one of our early shoots, enjoy!]

    [Click to enlarge the following thumbnail images!]

    [Below: Pretty strange that a negative photographed contains color information.
    The above negative image was 'inverted' on a PC to reveal it in color. Weird huh?]

    [This Samsung beast was the one we used to record photo shoots with, not to mention record long trance-like videos like the end credits of our 2002 film (we used footage from 1995 throughout the credits).

    [Digital Camera #1: The Sony MVC-FD7, our first digital camera we obtained sometime in 1997... finally we could skip the middle-man, the holier-than-thou developers of 35mm film who had banned us in the past. Unfortunately the quality was dismal, yet somehow in 1997 it didn't seem that bad. This camera used 3.5" floppy discs, on which you could fit about 10-12 photos (at least in the resolution we used).]

    [Below: 3.5" disc... remember these things?]

    [Digital Camera #2: The Sony MVC-FD99, our second digital camera we obtained sometime in 1999... while it was a much better camera, it was still lacking. This camera also used 3.5" floppy discs.]

    [Digital Camera #3: The Sony MVC-CD1000, our third digital camera we obtained sometime in 2000... This camera was a huge leap in quality. It recorded on 8cm CD-Rs, and did so quite fast and efficiently. Much of the pixelated mess of the previous models was finally gone, you could also record hundreds of photos on each disc.]

    [Below: 8cm CD-R, this one used for the shoot 'Black Sun Rising']

    [Today we use a Nikon digital camera. Technology has come a long, long way. It is somewhat of a mixed answer of why we have used four sony cameras over the life of Mourning the Ancient. At first, Sony was really the only one releasing cutting edge technology, at a consumer level, to the public. So naturally that is why we first bought a Sony camera in 1997. The later models are a mixed bag of reasons...]

    [Digital Camera #4: The Sony DSC-H20, our fourth digital camera, and although it was relatively cheap and simple, it was light years ahead of anything previous. 10 mega pixels was a huge leap in quality.]

    [Above: In terms of storage, science has taken a huge leap forward from the old days of our 3.5" floppy discs, which held an astounding 1.44 mega bytes! Just enough to fit a little over twenty crappy looking, 40-50 kilobyte, pixelated photos. Granted, while the camera above had a 8 giga byte memory card, the photo size was between 4-5 mega bytes each. Even so, that still leaves enough room for thousands of photos.]

    [Below: I'd thought I'd share a peculiar instance I had while double checking the storage size of 3.5" floppies... type in 'how much does' and the first, most popular, search is... well, you can read for yourself.]

    [The price: one human life!]

    I stumbled across some other insane information as well. If you are interested, read on:

    Feminism More Deadly Than War: Worldwide Abortions Reach 1.5 Billion in 30 Years

    According to WHO, every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day.

    Note that the abortions counted are almost all “surgical abortions”. No attempt to tally the totals for “chemically-induced abortions” here. The Pharmacists for Life organization estimates that their have been approximately 250 million babies aborted chemically since 1973 in the USA: http://www.pfli.org/

    The Guttmacher Institute, formed as a division of Planned Parenthood of America, reported 42 million abortions World-Wide in 2003...

    Planned Parenthood reports the number of abortions performed each year in their annual report. Planned Parenthood’s 2005-2006 annual report states that they committed 264,943 abortions in the USA in 2005 and from 1977 through 2005, Planned Parenthood performed 4,068,749 abortions in the USA. More recent PP annual reports show they committed 289,750 in 2006, 305,310 in 2007, 324,008 in 2008, 331,796 in 2009, and 329,445 in 2010. They reported 329,445 in 2010, 333,924 in 2011, 327,166 in 2012, 327,166 in 2013 and 323,999 in 2014.

    [Below: Side A: Elegy Records flyer circa late 2012.]

    [Below: Side A: Original misprint of the flyer above. After going to print and a few hundred dollars later, it was realized that the 't' at the end of 'bereavement' had been cut off! It was then decided to destroy the misprints and reprint the whole lot! Ahh... the cost of perfection!]

    [Below: Side B: Elegy Records flyer circa late 2012.]

    [Below: Elegy Records poster flyer circa late 2012.]

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