Photographer's Note

The black standing stones in the foreground are gravestones.

The graveyard is on the mountain above Tredegar, South Wales. The people buried there died of infectious diseases particularly typhoid and cholera. The dead were thought to remain contagious after their burial and so were buried outside the normal cemetary. The graves just sit there on the open moorland without a wall or fence. The inscriptions show that entire families died in a matter of weeks, mostly in the 1840's and 1850's.

The shot was taken when there was snow on the ground and as it was a little overexposed I changed it to B&W. I think it helps show the bleak, harshness of the place.

Over the next few days I will add some closeups of the individual stones, which I found haunting and poignant.

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