I felt this dry, cracked earth was perhaps the best illustration of the grounds and atmosphere to end this set of pictures from the Twin Buttes Cemetery. I was at odds whether or not to include the headstone out of reverence and respect to these individuals, but each instance of cropping it out or trying to hide the names felt to be just the opposite. Time has long since passed that this particular site was maintained at a higher level, even the spots reserved for flowers have been dried out and dirt covered.
This best exemplifies what I’ve wanted to portray as a somber and arid resting place for those having passed before us. For this shot I stood on the narrow concrete curbing you can see framing the plot with my arm outstretched over the site, so as not to step directly on it and still be able to obtain this perspective.
I realize this will not appeal to a large portion of the senses, and in fact may be uncomfortable, but I wanted to not only reflect this different type of cemetery with its meek and humbled nature, but to also try something new and expand my own outlook.
Thanks for taking stopping by.
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serp2000 (44694) 2013-08-30 22:28
Hi, Jason, my neighbour today,
Good presentation of the cemetery. We can have different ideas about life&death, but cemetery is one of indicators of the national culture, I think. This is not the best example, but when I see the Arlington... Impressive view, isn't it?
Have a good night!
macjake (69777) 2013-08-31 0:14
very interesting indeed.
not too often we get to see cemetery photos, so its very welcome indeed.
I share your debate whether to show the names or not, I went through the same thing when posting my shots from Lima.
You may not believe this, but its 100% true...my grandfather passed away only a couple months ago, and his name was Bill Williams, and his wife, my grandmother is named Lucy Williams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
very strange indeed!
jhm (155276) 2013-08-31 1:09
This felt real dry, cracked earth was perhaps the best illustration of the grounds and atmosphere on this cemetery.
Maybe a illustration what after the dead or us all.
This cares for depth and perspective.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-08-31 2:46
indeed,you achieved with this one very strong and expresive composition!This dry,cracked earth is very meaningful for the scene.I can understand your concerns about photographing headstones,but you took the image with good sense of the situation and the photographed subject.
And finally one thing I like the most about it,namely your POV and perspective.Especially the way you captured the FG and this pot for flowers create here superb,almost 3D feeling to the scene.
PS.finally holiday my friend:)I had to work today,so could sleep only two hours(I have very musical neighbour.She likes to sing till late at night:)and I have to get up 3.45A.M
Wish You a nice weekend my friend
Noel_Byrne (32100) 2013-08-31 3:37
To my eyes, this is a rather surreal scene. I visit cemeteries often to try and capture scenes like this, and in Ireland, those left untended become overgrown with grass and weeds and bushes, and become little mini jungles. Your scene could not be more the opposite with the cracked parched earth and the burnt tones of the ground. Amazing the scenes we share from all over the globe. The same meaning, but such different sights.
I love the way you have taken this, the depth of the shot from your angle on the cracked ground is superb, and the position of the flower pot in the foreground helps this immensely. We look from the pot which is right in our eyes, through the scene to the other monuments off into the distance.
And I agree with not blurring out the names, it would take something from the stone. In fact, by posting this here, you have in a way given a flavor of immortality that these people could never have even imagined back in 1934. You have kind of made their names live forever, and I am sure these people would be grateful for that. That is the reason for a stone after all I guess. I like to think that until now, perhaps these people were totally forgotten by the world, but now thanks to you shot, all over the world people will read their names and wonder as to their lives.
The little sliver of green from the trees contrasts beautifully with the earth.
Have a great weekend Jason.
All the best
Sergiom (82851) 2013-08-31 5:39
Il semble que la pluie se fasse très rare dans ta région. Il ne reste plus que les pots à fleurs vides et la mauvaise herbe qui même elle a de la difficulté à pousser. Il y a bien longtemps que ce couple n'a pas reçu de visite.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-08-31 10:24
another very good vertical composition here. Like the cracked view of the earth. Nice colour tone. Very good light and as ever superb sharpness. An eye catching one. Tfs.
tyro (25930) 2013-08-31 11:04
How sad that this cemetery appears to have fallen into such a dreadful state of neglect. The actual gravestones, however, appear well presrved and, thankfully, have not been vandalised, because so many in Britain appear to have suffered from attack by vandals who have no respect for such places.
As Noel quite rightly says, we see in Britain graveyards which have become overgrown with grass and weeds but not ones such as this with areas of dry, cracked and infertile soil.
However, whatever one's feelings about such places, your photograph is excellent. Your use of a wide lens gives a very strong perspective and your composition is excellent too, the two pots anchoring the whole composition together perfectly and drawing our attention to the deeply cracked earth. Your inclusion of the inscriptions on the gravestones I don't feel to be at all irreverent and it adds to the personal touch of the picture.
Good lighting, natural colours, perfect exposure and exquisite depth of field and sharpness.
P.S. Today we both seem to have uploaded pictures which remind us of our own mortality!
frunchy (1800) 2013-08-31 15:04
the cracked earth does indeed give the Image a very Special mood. But whats best about it is the wide angle view, well emphasizing the foreground.
worldcitizen (8858) 2013-08-31 16:46
It's interesting to see a desert cemetery; all the cemeteries I've seen so far have been covered with grass. The empty circular pots make nice focal points. I especially like the one in the foreground. The cracked earth has a beauty of its own, and some greenery does manage to poke up through the cracks. I like the depth in this shot, and your presentation.
emka (100865) 2013-08-31 23:55
hello Hason, When I looked at the thumbnail I had no idea it was a cemetery. How strange, I have never seen cemetery like this. it looks very dry indeed and long time neglected. The headstone is interesting too. William Williams lived quite a long time. TFS
mirosu (16273) 2013-09-01 0:21
Thanks for explanatory note. I agree there is nothing wrong with this photo. Actually I like the composition. I'm just missing some decoration on the very dry ground. But I like the viewpoint and the nicely controlled DOF.
Jason, should you make it again to Switzerland you should stop for a day in Neuchatel, charming tow on shore of Neuchatel lake and on the foot of beautiful Jura mountains. Greetings, Miro
ikeharel (73551) 2013-09-01 1:10
Obviously it's been long time since somebody cared about this grave, jason.
The barren jagged soil is well shown here, and managed a fine depth even with the low angel posed above ground.
limielski (0) 2013-09-04 2:01
This cracked earth looks incredibly and the foreshortening adds splendour to your composition - not commonplace shot! TFS
All the best