In a recent entry, I discussed letting my son loose in a churchyard with a camera and discussing the random, and not-so-random pics he took. Here is selection two.

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Image 1: In a recent post – Wood for the Dead – I discussed the rare but widespread continuing use of wood as a commemorative medium. I like this photo since it shows another example, taken from its rear, and showing a case of a modern wooden cross within a largely stone memorial environment

 

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Image 2: I like this shot because of the striking 19th-century white-stone cross and petrified flowers on rock motif. I also like the juxtaposition between cemetery and adjacent 1990s/2000s housing; so often the proximity of the living and the dead in modern Britain is ignored.
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Image 3: Close up of coped cross on a recumbent grave-cover. I like this shot for the patina of lichen and the emphasis on the three-dimensions to this monument.

 

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Image 4: I feel worn out sometimes, but this sandstone gravestone looks the way I feel.
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Image 5: One of the earliest gravestones in the churchyard. I like the rope-surround. I also like the badly shaped ‘SACRED’ above. Finally, I like the difference in font and smaller size of his wife’s later inscription. Both reached a great old age, but the change in commemorative text is between the 1850s and 1880s is written onto this stone. Also of note is how his name has to be repeated to explicitly tie Ann’s identity to her deceased spouse.
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Image 6: This looks like the back-cover of a metal album….

 

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Image 7: I like the striking angles of this coped grave-cover and its worn anonymity
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Image 8: A hobbit-height view across the churchyard

 

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Image 9: I love the wear on this text.
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