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Photographing Cemeteries: Colour or Black and White?

While I’ve been interested in cemeteries for as long as I can remember, I’ve only started photographing them with serious intent just over ten years ago. At the time, I never questioned my decision about photographing them in black and white. Continue reading “Photographing Cemeteries: Colour or Black and White?”

Cemetery Roundup 2015-2018

Having just visited my 150th cemetery/memorial site in just over 3 years, I thought it might be interesting to look at the overall numbers of where I’ve been and what I’ve seen. Just sorting through the numbers have given me a few surprises – I didn’t realise Continue reading “Cemetery Roundup 2015-2018”

Japan’s Day(s) of the Dead: Celebrating O-bon

Japan is no stranger to disaster: earthquakes, typhoons, volcanic eruptions, plagues, flooding, and landslides have been a part of this island-nation’s landscape since the beginning. Even now, recent disasters as of June-August 2018 including the flooding and landslides in Continue reading “Japan’s Day(s) of the Dead: Celebrating O-bon”

The Art of Photographing Cemeteries: Part 3

For the final part of this series, I want to talk about some of the ethical issues surrounding photographing cemeteries. People have a lot of differing opinions when it comes to visiting cemeteries, and photography, or any other activity that is not quite related to the purpose Continue reading “The Art of Photographing Cemeteries: Part 3”

The Art of Photographing Cemeteries: Part 2

In my last post, I wrote about how light is probably the most important aspect of a successful photograph. Despite anyone’s preferences for a certain kind of light, the fact is any and all kinds of light have their disadvantages. The key is knowing how that light will work Continue reading “The Art of Photographing Cemeteries: Part 2”

The Art of Photographing Cemeteries: Part 1

I spend a lot of time on various cemetery blogs, SNS groups, and reading articles about cemeteries in general. There is usually a really large range of photographs, and while some are truly beautiful or moving, many more are not. Generally I find the photos that Continue reading “The Art of Photographing Cemeteries: Part 1”

The Cemetery Bucket List: Monumental Cemeteries

I read a lot of articles and blog posts about cemeteries, a lot of “top 10” and “top 20” (and numbers in between) lists that tend to feature mostly the same cemeteries again and again, and wrote about why I don’t like those types of lists here. One of my complaints for those Continue reading “The Cemetery Bucket List: Monumental Cemeteries”

Why Cemetery Top Ten Lists Suck

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not against lists (or more accurately, listicles) at all, as I like reading them (and, as you’ll soon see, writing them) myself. But having looked at many a top ten (or twenty) cemetery list over the past few years, I have a few issues with many of them, Continue reading “Why Cemetery Top Ten Lists Suck”

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