The Presbitero Maestro Cemetery in Lima is a must see for anyone visiting Peru.
I know what you're thinking, who the heck goes out of their way to visit a Cemetery on vacation! Well, I do! :)
Before leaving Canada, this Cemetery was very high up on my to-see-and-photograph-list in Peru.
First of all, where do i even begin to discuss Lima! If you have any questions about Lima feel free to contact me personally by email.
The taxi car drive to the Cemetery in Lima was an adventure into itself. The taxi driver was a nice young man in his late 20's or very early 30's. He protected us, he made sure our doors were locked the entire time. Once we arrived to the Cemetery he told us he would stay and wait for us - and it wasn't because of the money, we could honestly tell that, he was worried for our safety. The look of complete worry was on his face when we told him we'd probably be at least 1-2 hours, or perhaps longer, in the cemetery.
Very nice man, we said our goodbyes and he left. The drive to the cemetery took us through some of the roughest areas of a city I have ever seen in my lifetime. Again, I will leave it at that.
Once here, it was a photographers dream. Marble statues everywhere, infact, this cemetery has the largest collection of marble statues in all of Latin America. The cemetery was built in 1808, and due to financial reasons there has not been much upkeep in recent times.
I will post several photos in the next few days of this beautifully rustic Cemetery.
Hope you enjoy this first HDR.
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delpeoples (52301) 2013-08-16 6:55
Don't worry, you're not alone in your creepy proclivity visiting a cemetery. I love them, hang around them way too much to be healthy but can't help it. They're fascinating. As this one is. It reminds me a lot of the vaults in Italian graveyards. The colours, decorations and graphism are lovely, not to mention the perspective created by the wide angle and tight framing. Excellent work, something really different from you too.
PS: Camera dr says, the shutter is sh*t and he MIGHT be able to replace it. For the princely sum of $500. I'm gutted but have no choice
Noel_Byrne (20105) 2013-08-16 7:05
From the thumb, I really thought this was a shop display, little areas for objects of all sorts, but of course I read your title, and what a fascinating place. I have never seen one laid like this before, and it makes a beautiful sight. All the gates, colors, designs and artwork, its almost like an apartment complex for the dead! Your POV enhances that really well.
And I would be also one to visit cemeteries on holiday, and my friends also think I am weird, but there is no denying for a photographer that they are beautiful places. Thanks for sharing this unique site, a new take on bone gardens that I've never seen.
All the best
snunney (78789) 2013-08-16 7:24
Fascinating places cemeteries and well worth a visit by any self-respecting photographer. You seem to have found a wonderful one here. Superb capture of these memorials to the dead, all different but sharing a common theme. Detail is excellent. By the way, you didn't say how you got back to your hotel:-)
timecapturer (44469) 2013-08-16 8:22
this is so beautiful. Pictures with a picture and each one so individual and delicate. Can understand why you visited this place of peace, it can make you really get in touch with your mortality and when seen like this very moving. An experience and one you will always remember. Stunning work Craig!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
lousat (71435) 2013-08-16 9:10
Hi Craig,how is nice this cemetery,remember me a naif peinture,a lot of colors and details and a very nice perspective,perfect to create this beautiful catch-eye! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
rychem (18869) 2013-08-16 9:15
I do not wonder that you use to visit cemeteries, I do it too, they are an inspiration for the photographer, and this here is very original. Rare and interesting photo. I am waiting for next photos
holmertz (36451) 2013-08-16 12:34
Lots of people this time, we just don't see them :-). Actually, this "wall" should be rather high, isn't it. How do they reach the upper floors if anyone wants to leave fresh flowers? Also, how did you get back to the city if the driver had left? Did you walk through that creepy area?
Obviously this photo inspires me to a lot of questions. I have never seen a cemetery of this kind, only on pictures, but cemetaries really are quite fascinating places, so when in Paris it was a must to see the Père Lachaise, where all the famous people are resting, like Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, Oscar Wilde and lots of others.
tyro (18308) 2013-08-16 16:22
What an interesting (and rather upsetting) note you have written and I'm now thinking too of the two British girls stranded out in Lima and in custody for possible drug trafficking. But it sounds as though you had a very sympathetic taxi driver looking after you - that was really very nice of him.
Despite what you hint at regarding the roughness of the city, this cemetery looks in good condition and as though the mourners look after the vaults here too. There appears to be little or no evidence of vandalism.
This is a delightful photograph with lovely soft colours and light, no doubt very sympathetically enhanced by your subtle and expert use of HDR. The details and sharpness are exquisite too.
I look forward to seeing more pictures from this enchanting place and learning more about the nitty gritty of Lima!
Sonata11 (33087) 2013-08-16 21:12
fantastic capture of this cemetery. You done wonderfully like always. I like the colors, sharpness, clarity. Like it. This is very interesting.
Best regards and have a great WE,
jjcordier (72640) 2013-08-16 22:48
Ces petits "caveaux-immeubles" sont très étonnants et attirent irrésistiblement les photographes. Je comprends que tu aies passé un long moment ici!
siudzi (31789) 2013-08-16 23:30
This is very unique shot due to a special mood and character of the place you have visited in Peru.
Creative and very well executed scene with good graphical layout. Well done and TFS!
Have a nice weekend!
marabu61 (7225) 2013-08-17 3:44
I first thought looking at a multi story house rather than at a cemetery . It looks somehow like a run down sky scraper.
I don't know what it is about cemeteries that makes them so attractive but I am certainly also of the kind to visit them on my trips.
Lima on the other hand seems to be quite a challanging city, I always thought about Peru as one of the more developed countries in South America.
have a great weekend
limielski (0) 2013-08-17 4:15
No, I'm not thinking so. Sometimes, worth to take photos in such sad places.
and I can see that this cemetery is one of such places - untypical and beautiful.
Have a nice weekend,
gildasjan (40738) 2013-08-18 0:05
Très originale cette façade et ici de belles touches de couleurs apportées par le jaune et le bleu complémentaires.
emka (72278) 2013-08-18 10:59
cemeteries can be very interesting. I was on one of the most beautiful in South America - in Punta Arenas in Chile. There was also a part like this.
Your story about the taxi driver reminded me my adventure in Lima. We wanted to see The Larco Herrera Museum - a privately owned museum of pre-Columbian art, well known for its rich gallery of pre-Columbian erotic pottery (very interesting!). So I said to taxi driver: Larco Herrera and he drove us to the psychiatric hospital also Larco Herrera and left us there...
Lima has incredible slum area, maybe worse even than in Mumbai.
jcpix (11044) 2013-08-18 12:00
Whoa, this is really neat Craig! At a distance it looks like an ornate pill box. So fascinating to see things like this that are unfamiliar to my experiences. I've seen similar concepts in cemeteries before, but none that ever that looked quite like this...and as one of the goals of TE to help educate others about the big blue marble we all inhabit, this is tremendous to absorb!
Love the idea to fill the frame with these plots, it has a pattern type of effect that I enjoy so much. Amazing how much there is to photograph in a cemetery. Until I went through Pere Lachaise in Paris last year I would have never guessed them to be so interesting and full of photo opportunities. It almost feels disrespectful, but at the same time it's a great way to keep the memories alive of those that have passed on, even if you don't know them...quite a dichotomy!? Awesome presentation here, I really like how this turned out....and I'm glad you came away without any safety issues. Great imagery! Enjoy your Sunday.
npecanhuk (60192) 2013-08-18 12:18
From that point of view and with this sort of composition, it even looks nicer than in your other picture of that cemetery!
Exposure, colors, level of sharpness also pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
serp2000 (37517) 2013-08-19 8:13
You told us very interesting information and showed so impressive view. This Necropolis looks like a real house with so cozy apartments. It strange but this is really attractive object for photography.
I will wait for your next photos from Lima.
Waylim (24956) 2013-08-21 18:02
You're one of the few people that actually spend sometimes in Lima, most people I know including my just passing through on route to somewhere else. Most are only in Lima because it is a point of transit. I have more time, I would have try to see it even though I heard it is not that safe for tourists in many part of Lima. Anyway, that is great to see it from your gallery. thanks.
Good photo quality as expected.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (51418)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-21
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-16 6:35