I wasn’t quite sure what I was viewing when I spotted this memorial, it looked to be something I would picture in an abandoned field. It was easily seen from anywhere in the cemetery, as it was basically the largest around. Unlike anything I would have ever expected to find here, and not something I had ever seen before in such a setting. I’m sure when it was first placed it was in much better condition, but the “sands of time” as they are, have taken its toll.
Meager in its material and appearance, I can only imagine it was worth every available resource to the family of those layed here to rest. I wanted to show more of the barren nature of this particular cemetery, and in doing so I’ve included a WS picture to give an idea of its simplicity. It had very much a feeling of time having passed it by.
I wanted to go in for a more dramatic composition, but with respect to the grounds, this was as close as I could get to best show what’s left standing. I truly hope this is not found to be offensive or in poor taste. My main goal was to show a small, different and somewhat unique part of the city.
Thanks for taking a look.
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Noel_Byrne (13182) 2013-08-29 4:53
A touching shot to say the least. I sometimes also stumble across less salubrious scenes in cemeteries, and it is somewhat sad, especially if they are surrounded by monoliths of granite and stone. This looks like somebody has put all they had, both physically and in effort into creating a very special place. I think you have done it great justice, as you show the scene with great respect, beautiful color and an almost heavenly light shining down on it.
The clouds behind add wonderful drama to the scene and speak a little of the passing of time that sees every place like this eventually disappear.
Touching shot, and beautiful scene.
You have reminded me of my local cemetery, where elderly residents of the local nursing home were buried under small steel crosses, without even their names on them. Still, I guess the rewards for a good life are greater than anything we can carve from the finest marble and its better to be remembered in the minds of those who miss you than in a piece of carved rock.
The flowers are fresh, so somebody still comes here, a great thing to see and a great addition to your capture.
Have a great day, hope the heat is not getting to you!
Sergiom (45214) 2013-08-29 5:25
A l'époque de sa construction, il devait être impressionnant ce mémorial, mais avec le temps et l'oubli il est devenu ce qu'il est devenu. J'aime beaucoup le jeu de la lumière dans les lattes de bois brisées ainsi que les ombres en dessous.
mirosu (7998) 2013-08-29 6:10
Thank you very much for your comment, I greatly appreciate it. You are posting another interesting photo. This time in different, warm light. I like the light and the shadows created by low sun. Nice resting place, I miss only green grass which you can find in our area. But even without grass this is an excellent photo. Greetings, Miro
limielski (2571) 2013-08-29 6:41
I like this red colouring - this composition is really very good. The lower part of your shot is warm and it contrasting with the second part - the cold sky.
Warm regards, Leszek
subhendu_bagchi (20940) 2013-08-29 9:41
interesting memorial. It is looking abandoned but the flowers differs the view. Great composition. Simple structure with the cemetery in background. Nice work with good colours. Tfs.
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-08-29 9:53
touching pictures(I mean also the one in WS)and both are well supported by your interesting note.Cemeteries are generally a place where we feel the passing time.Here this feeling is even more enhanced by this ruined Memorial.Subtle and evocative composition.
And in the end I have to mention this beautiful light(just love the way the sun illuminates the red bricks).
I´m glad you decided to present this one to us.
Well done my friend!
Have a nice day
EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-08-29 14:58
Nothing offensive about this image at all, sir. Respectful, documentary, and ooh, grrrreat light! It is a most curious structure, and my guess is it's not finished. Of course, I could be wrong.
Was the name on the stone darker or have you (out of respect, I understand) tried to obscure it?
carlo62 (19291) 2013-08-29 15:35
sembra un cimitero veramente povero, ciò che vedo mi rattrista, ma dipende anche dagli usi locali.
Di sicuro chi ha costruito quel piccolo mausoleo aveva tutte le migliori intenzioni, purtroppo però il tempo passa inesorabile e quel materiale non è certo fatto per durare nel tempo.
ikeharel (43845) 2013-08-30 1:54
Time had taken it's toll, Jason, and this happens almost everywhere - the old and older are less visited on their graves, must be a part of life-cycle.
nice taken the abandoned memorial hut, under golden afternoon light (the shadows tell about time taken).
Have a nice Friday.
timecapturer (36924) 2013-08-30 3:37
this shot has such impact and not just because of the golden light, although it does add an atmosphere to the image. A poignant and humbling scenario that is both original and sensitive. Cemeteries always tweak the senses and this image does just that. Thought provoking imagery Jason.
Have a great weekend - regards Brian.
Cricri (92015) 2013-08-30 7:31
Intéressant mémorial, usé par le temps, mais pas abandonné, il y a toujours des personnes pour venir y mettre des fleurs, la lumière et les couleurs sont très belles
Je serais absente du 31 au 21 septembre
danos (78030) 2013-08-30 11:59
nice the view as the dramatic colours and light that you captured here making the Makeshift memorial to dominating in the cemetery.I like the excellent light management as makes the image more effective.
marabu61 (5863) 2013-08-30 13:42
Humble it may be this makeshift memorial but what it means to the family we can't know.
You have taken this subject with discretion to the name on the plate and are thus showing the necessary respect, I like that.
I don't know what makes cementeries such alluring places to the living, but I find myself frequently attracted to these too.
have a great weekend
daddo (20593) 2013-08-30 22:29
Hi Jason. This shot and the ones before it and after it convey a strong sense of initial grief and a wish to keep the memory of the departed alive, but in time those who bury are in turn buried and the more ancient parts of cemeteries are slowly devoured by time. a touching and sobering image. Best regards. Klaudio.
serp2000 (33043) 2013-10-09 20:28
Hi, my dear friend.
First of all I want to say that I'm home. Everything is OK. I am fine. Thanks for your hospitality and friendly support of my trip to Arizona.
I looking through your early photos and I have to say I look at these photos by different eyes. It make me smile, I see a lot of familiar places and objects.
As I supposed I am busy today, but I hope to perform with my next photo from the Big American Trip'2013. )))
Have a good night!