Herman Henstenburgh, Vanitas, c. 1700 Vanitas: The Latin word means "vanity" and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.
This is a photographic image, showing what happens when Apples decay. The use of dark background, dark lighting and dark surface that contrasts with the green decaying apple emphasises a sort of death theme in this image. As decay symbolises death.
*memento.mori*-the phrase possibly originated in ancient Rome: A general parading through the streets during a victory triumph, had following behind him a slave, tasked with reminding him that, victory is fleeting - conveying this with the warning, "Memento mori" ...or... "Respice post te! Hominem te esse memento! Memento mori!": "Look behind you! Remember that you are but a man! Remember that you'll die!"[Tertullian/Apologeticus]
Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, 1565–1629). Vanitas Still Life, 1603. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Charles B. Curtis, Marquand, Victor Wilbour Memorial, and The Alfred N. Punnett Endowment Funds, 1974 (1974.1)