Travel Photographs: Cemeteries

I’m sorting through my travel photographs, getting them organized into some semblance of chronological order, and came across some pictures I took of various tombstones in different cemeteries. As a child, I would go to the library and check out books, then ride my bicycle to the goat farm, or to the main cemetery – there were three in all – and sit behind one of the biggest tombstones to read. For me, it was a place to be around people who weren’t bothered by my presence, and who wouldn’t bother me.

Cemeteries, to me, are peaceful and serene places. I also think that it would be nicer if trees were planted in memory of people. Still, the artwork of tombstones, and the tales they tell, are fascinating.

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Enlightenment Angels
    Aug 22, 2016 @ 09:03:11

    So many stories in cemeteries. So much history. I also enjoy going to cemeteries (as crazy as that sounds) to look at the dates, wonder about their lives, the history, and pray for them. Thank you for sharing. 8)

    • sepultura13
      Aug 22, 2016 @ 09:06:36

      You’re welcome – and enjoying walking through cemeteries isn’t crazy at all! I wonder about the lives behind the names and dates, too.

  2. franhunne4u
    Aug 22, 2016 @ 09:06:15

    Very impressive photos. And a reminder, that before modern medicine made progress, a birth did not mean, the child was going to live up to adulthood.

  3. Shiva Malekopmath
    Aug 22, 2016 @ 09:07:37

    Very rare cemetery photos.

  4. thelonelyauthorblog
    Aug 22, 2016 @ 09:37:07

    Cemeteries are hsitory. There are a thousand stories in every one.

  5. agenda19892010
    Aug 22, 2016 @ 09:41:17

    Yes….great post.

  6. Brian Lageose
    Aug 22, 2016 @ 14:52:35

    “…and sit behind one of the biggest tombstones to read. For me, it was a place to be around people who werenโ€™t bothered by my presence, and who wouldnโ€™t bother me.” We are so alike in so many ways… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. purplebutterfly964
    Aug 22, 2016 @ 16:22:38

    Cemeteries are peaceful but they creep me out at the same time.

  8. Tofino Photography
    Aug 22, 2016 @ 16:29:22

    I always use to go down to Little Lake cemetery in my home town to take pictures.I used B&W infra-red film.Made it look ghostly. Takes a brave soul to walk through one at night by yourself.

    • sepultura13
      Aug 22, 2016 @ 16:31:16

      It sure does…but, once you get involved in taking the photos, and knowing that there’s nothing to harm you, any feeling of fear or dread vanishes and art can be created.

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