As discussed with fotodog, here are some images from a series I shot a while back of South African cemeteries. These cemeteries are situated way out in the middle of nowhere, where conditions are harsh, inhabitants are few, and usually extremely poor. I personally find these cemeteries extremely poignant, and some of the materials used, and juxtapositions are beautifully bizarre.
First up, this is a landscape image to give you an idea of the environment:
01. Beautifully simple, and creative... when you can't afford a headstone...
02. What else can you use?
03. Feel free to leave anytime you like?
04. Plastic works...
05. Coke can on a broom handle, that's all you get?
06. This is an early settler (Voortrekker) grave, where they just used big slabs of stone, and sometimes carved out a benediction.
07. That white stone was just lying there.
08. Simple slab.
09. This is in a Boer cemetery of a town that the British totally destroyed during the Anglo-Boer War (in 1890-something). Speaks for itself really.
I have many more, but this is a taster to fotodog's interest from his "Angel on Blue" thread... not trying to compete with his excellent work, but just thought it might be interesting to juxtapose it with another perspective from the other side of the world!
I have another series that I shot in a Parisienne cemetery, where I focussed in on close-up details of rust, stone and moss etc. That's maybe for another time though, if anyone's interested!
Thanks for looking. C&C's welcome.
[Edited on 3/11/2008 by dogtrombone]