• 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    Dinosaurs now, it is hard to imagine that these outdated machines were once top-of-the-line.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!]


    [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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