Photographer's Note

Once again, a reminder of a picture taken two years before.

This is what I wrote in the previous note :
" This is in the ancient wardens' cemetary in the penitencial colony of Ile Saint-Joseph. Very slowly this cemetary is rehabilitated (graves are rebuild, broken crosses are taken out of the grass) but the nature grows back fast. Only the wardens and other staff were buried here, the bodies of the dead convicts were thrown in the sea.
This place was hell for convicts but life was not easy for the staff as well. Heat, humidity, insects and diseases were hard for all the people on the islands. On the nearby Ile Royale, there is a very sad cemetary for children."

In two years, the cleaning of this cemetary has continued, in full respect of the place's atmosphere, and this particular tombstone has been carefully rebuild. Part of the person's name has been recovered, maybe in a few years he will have found his full identity and won't be only an anonymous symbol for all those who have died here.

This place is oddly peaceful.

(in the WS, another view).

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