Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Why, you ask?

"Show me the manner in which a Nation or community cares for its dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals." ~ Gladstone
I'm constantly questioned as to why I spend my free time photographing cemeteries.  I don't think there's a short or concise answer.  I've had a fascination with graveyards since I was little.  I would try to visit cemeteries on all my travels around the world, but unfortunately, it wasn't until my father passed two years ago that I actually began to photograph them.   I don't see sadness or fear.  I only see the beauty and tranquility in these places I visit.  I am continually amazed at what lengths the human race goes to in honoring those that have passed away, or by how quickly some are forgotten and neglected. 

I often imagine if our civilization were to end tomorrow, and discovered thousands of years later, could this new society comprehend how or why we worshiped those that were no longer with us?  Sometimes I feel maybe it's just best to hold the memories of those you've loved and lost in your heart and in your mind.