I love visiting historic cemeteries. I find them fascinating. When I say this I often get a few strange looks form people. Some find my fascination a bit morbid. Others, uncomfortable with the subject of death, have no intent to visit a cemetery unless they have no choice.
Though a fan of horror and zombie movies, i have never found cemeteries to be particularly spooky, scary or intimidating. To the contrary, I have always been fascinated by the older gravestones and more elaborate sculptures. I found cemeteries to be peaceful and calming – quite the opposite from how many are portrayed in television and films.
As an artist, I have found the beauty in some of the elaborate and ornate sculptures as well as the simple markers that I have come across. There is an artistic uniqueness or character as the older gravestones and statues often have a weathered look that can only be produced by decades or centuries of exposure to the elements.
There is also the rich history that one can fined in cemeteries as they chronicle the history of the families, cities and towns. From the individual gravestones one can get a glimpse into customs, tastes, and norms of a given era, people’s lives, how they lived, what they valued, and how they were thought of by others.
Cemeteries are also one of those rare opportunities when one can photograph regardless of the season or weather conditions. The art of the headstones with the backdrop of storm clouds, a bright sunny day, Autumn coloring or the starkness of Winter with snow laying around can result in quite vivid imagery evoking a variety of emotions in those viewing.
So thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoy and that I am able to share with you the beauty and artistic value that I see.