Impressions in the cemetery
I don’t know what draws me to the cemetery but I like to visit it more often than I should – to look for photos, of course. I do like the details and textures that are abundant, especially in the older graves and tombs. There is also wildlife and plants and trees to add to the mix. When I have a camera or lens that I want to try out, the cemetery is a good place to test the gear. It’s peaceful and uncrowded and I can take my time shooting with no interruption, with the exception of the occasional deer that sneaks up on me while I’m not looking.
One thing I try to do though is to avoid taking basic cemetery scenes. I usually like to just focus on details instead of shots of tombstones. But today was an exception, I thought this scene had nice light and it was around my favorite statue that I’ve featured in previous photographs. I first processed this as a straightforward black and white shot but I thought I would take it a little further with some textures and blur. I was inspired by a recent visit to the Carnegie Museum of Art where I saw examples of early impressionist photography from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The photos on display were generally soft, dark and had a warm tone from early printing processes. They were also a bit creepy in subject matter so I thought this photo was a natural :-)