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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?”

Site 151: Nagoya’s Heiwa Koen Cemetery

Nagoya is not on most tourists’ itineraries when visiting Japan, and usually for good reason. It lies in the middle of a flat plain, is the hub of big manufacturing in the country, and was very heavily bombed during the war, which destroyed a lot of old buildings. Continue reading “Site 151: Nagoya’s Heiwa Koen Cemetery”

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”

Site 150: Himeji’s Nagoyama Cemetery

Here we are – 150 sites explored since I started this blog just over 3 years ago. 100 kind of came and went while I was travelling, and I wasn’t sure where I would be for the next (kind of) big milestone, but a work obligation led me to Himeji. Himeji is not Continue reading “Site 150: Himeji’s Nagoyama Cemetery”

Site 149: Kobe’s Foreign Municipal Cemetery

Japan has had a long, complicated history with the foreign visitors that have come to its shores, both past and present. It’s not just differences in language, dress, and every day habits, death is an issue as well. One of the first things Commodore Perry had to arrange Continue reading “Site 149: Kobe’s Foreign Municipal Cemetery”

Site 148: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum

There’s something about old school Communist leaders that inspires those around to preserve them for all of eternity, despite the deceased’s personal wishes to the contrary. Lenin wanted to be buried next to his mother, but has been on Continue reading “Site 148: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum”

Site 147: Toronto’s BCPV Cemetery

Back when I was getting my Masters in History, I had to visit Black Creek Pioneer Village (BCPV) for one of my classes (the same class I wrote my cemetery paper for).  After that first visit I completely fell in love with it and hoped that I would one day work Continue reading “Site 147: Toronto’s BCPV Cemetery”

Site 145: Toronto’s St. James’ Cemetery

Only a few blocks from the Necropolis Cemetery, Toronto’s St. James’ Cemetery is its slightly larger and more prestigious brother. It in fact echoes the same aesthetic as Necropolis, with its numerous obelisks and grounded slab headstones. Continue reading “Site 145: Toronto’s St. James’ Cemetery”

Site 144: Toronto’s Necropolis Cemetery

Back in 1996, I was taking a class in Public Memory as part of my History Masters, and for my major research paper I decided to focus on 19th-century Toronto cemeteries, namely Necropolis, St. James, and Mount Pleasant. In retrospect I imagine my Continue reading “Site 144: Toronto’s Necropolis Cemetery”

Site 141: The Bronx’s Woodlawn Cemetery

When one thinks of grand New York city cemeteries, the first that will come to mind is Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. It’s definitely the most famous and well-known, not just to taphophiles and the writers of “best of” cemetery lists, but to the local Continue reading “Site 141: The Bronx’s Woodlawn Cemetery”

Site 140: Jersey City’s Harsimus Cemetery

Many years ago when I did my first Masters (in History) I wrote a major paper on Toronto cemeteries. As part of my research, I read a lot about the rural/garden cemetery movement in both Europe and the U.S., which had multiple intended purposes – Continue reading “Site 140: Jersey City’s Harsimus Cemetery”

Sites 138 and 139: Sleepy Hollow Cemeteries

I woke up this morning to dull, grey skies, and I think that’s what I can expect for the rest of my time in New York. Yesterday’s scorching hot sunny day was probably the last I’ll see in a while. I had hoped to get up early and visit at least one cemetery in the Continue reading “Sites 138 and 139: Sleepy Hollow Cemeteries”

Site 137: Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery

If you love monumental cemeteries as I do, this is definitely one for the bucket list. It ticks off the boxes for so many different types of cemetery explorers: those who love grand structures, statues, the graves of famous people, beautiful landscape design, etc. Continue reading “Site 137: Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery”

Site 135: Boston’s Granary Burying Ground

The third cemetery I visited on the Freedom Trail was also the third one built in Boston. This one was quite famous – it had open-top tour buses stopping outside with a tour guide explaining who was buried within (nobody got off the bus to actually come Continue reading “Site 135: Boston’s Granary Burying Ground”

Site 134: Boston’s King’s Chapel Burying Ground

A few blocks south of Copp’s Hill Burying Ground lies another cemetery on the Freedom Trail, the King’s Chapel Burying Ground. This was the first cemetery established in the city of Boston and it dates back to 1630.  Nearly five decades later, King’s Chapel Continue reading “Site 134: Boston’s King’s Chapel Burying Ground”

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