The Cemetery

Recently, a friend and I decided to get together, visit a new destination, and take photos. When she suggested that we visit a local cemetery, I was completely open to the idea, but found myself wondering how I should go about capturing images in a such a place.

When we arrived, I felt a bit lost and overwhelmed; I wondered how to properly show respect while taking photos in a cemetery. I needed to get comfortable, especially since I was so focused on figuring out how I should take photos.

I get comfortable by starting small and focusing on details.

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I needed to walk around, quietly observe, and to get away from focusing on should so that I could find both a connection to the cemetery and my voice. So, I explored.

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Then, it happened; I found light, my constant companion on my photographic journey, and my voice became clear.

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As fond memories of my grandparents came to my mind, I found a needed connection with the cemetery. I began to see stories all around me; stories that, I imagine, have been here, waiting to be discovered and shared.

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I was no longer thinking about how I should be taking photos; I just did what came naturally. I found a way to capture the story and the respect that pressed so heavily on me when we first arrived at the cemetery.

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This photo outing proved to be a much more challenging experience than I anticipated, both personally and photographically; I am thankful for the experience!

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One thought on “The Cemetery

  1. I love how you captured those bright gerber daisies amongst the solemn grey tones all around. They pop out as if crying to be noticed. The shadow of the heart leaning up against it’s prime subject is very clever! The choices with lighting was very successful! Beautiful. It was a fun day:-)

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