I believe there are two kinds of people in the world… those who find cemeteries creepy, and those who find them beautiful. Â I think most interesting/ creative/ intelligent people fall into the latter category. Â At least, I hope so.
Cemeteries have a longstanding relationship with art. Â They were the first sculpture gardens in America — public displays of wealth and craft. Â The nature of the work allowed many an artisan to show off his skills — money was often not an object, nor time; and unlike architectural projects, neither were politics.
Back in my art school days, there were two places I used to find solace — the art museum (its large front yard a lagoon filled with lovely trees and statues), and Lakeview Cemetery, home to Garfield’s Monument, Wade Chapel (with its massive Tiffany stained glass), and dozens of beautiful mausoleums and statues. Â Both were calm and reflective, with the perfect atmosphere for studying or sketching — and both within walking distance of campus.
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Two years ago when I met Alan, that’s where we went on our first date. Â After writing back and forth, we met in person for the first time at the art museum, then drove to the cemetery to enjoy the fall foliage. Â Two images will be forever burned in my mind — when I first laid eyes on him as he walked across the lagoon (so handsome!), and walking hand in hand up to Wade Chapel and catching our reflection in the glass. Â (Nevermind that when we walked through the door we were bombarded by a history lesson from some poor bored soul who was stuck volunteering that day. Â I refrained from shaking him and yelling “Don’t you understand, I just met the love of my life and want to SAVOR THIS MOMENT NOW PLEASE SHUT UP SIR!”).
Needless to say, Lakeview Cemetery holds a special place for many reasons. Â I have wanted to bring a camera on many occasions, but have only recently done so. Â The images above are part of my recent series of metal photographs calledÂ Architectural Details, all taken from bits of loveliness found there.
I hope you enjoy ~