Cemetery pictures?

Discussion in 'Ethics and Philosophy' started by Robert, Sep 18, 2002.

  1. Flotsam

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    I agree that headstones are placed as monuments to stand in rememberance of people now gone. They are meant to be seen. I can see no disrespect or poor taste in Photographing them.

    Jorge,
    I can't say that I have taken a whole lot of photos in Cemetaries but it seems an awful broad theme to abandon out-of-hand as being derivative. With so many of them around the World, each with it's own character and full of unique detail, it would seem a fertile subject for original visual and emotional interpretation through Photography.

    -Neal
     
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    This topic reminded me of a print of a Churchyard that I made some time ago. I dug it up and scanned it this morning.

    You can barely read it even in the 11x14 print but the stones from right to left, read just "My Father", "My Mother" and "My Sister". It is very sad but It made me think, "Who would choose to identify these three individuals on _their_ memorials by nothing other than their relationship to Him/Her?" I wonder if I were to explore further, would I find a headstone somewhere simply marked, "Me"?
    Every picture tells a story, don't it?

    -Neal
     
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    No, if it is legal, do as you like.

    Don't sabotage yourself. Don't quit before you start.
     
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    Is it just me, or are most of the posts in this elderly thread scrambled?
     
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    Yep, some posts are about focus screens and other stuff - not about taking photographs in a graveyard.
    If we are patient there will be some posts about using analog vs digital gear pretty soon ... :angel:
     
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    As long as you are respectful, there's no problem.
     
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    I know one graveyard in Brussels, rather common though with a great sight out of town, were photographing as such is prohibited. I tried to find out why, in vain.

    But once I protested at a shoemaker who published for advertising a photo of a model wearing his shoes whilst posing stting on a gravestone on a public cementary. Never got a reply...
     
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    Magnificent Seven in London and Necropolis in Glasgow are great beautiful places to wander around and take pictures.
    Regards
    Frank
     
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    I’ve been approached a couple of times by cemetery staff, mostly security or sales... never by grounds keepers or grave diggers. The reasons always include “private property “ and “respecting the families”. After brief discussion they have always added a comment that “those are the rules they were told to enforce” and then they turned a blind eye. In once case I was asked to refrain from tripod... and a “professional camera”... even though it was the grave of one of MY family members. They seemed to just be making up rules... control issues?

    Most times, though, as someone else recently wrote... as long as us photographers are responsible and respectful.
     
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    Just seems like a dead end to me.
     
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    In this part of Europe graveyards typically are public property. Which does not exclude ruling, but such ruling must pass public control.
     
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    Good point... I should have been more specific... those were private cemeteries. Enron so, since they are “public access” it seems their draconian rules maybe legally questionable. Never had a problem in public cemeteries.
     
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    It's a salutery thought that in almost sixteen years since this thread was started some of the members who posted on it will themselves be " pushing up daiseys"
     
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    Why are there fences and walls around cemeteries?










    Because people are dying to get in.
     
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    All classic cemetaries I know are closed at night.
    A trend is emerging, being buried in a wood. Time will tell how things are handled there.

    At the moment in this part of Europe a great lot of theft (bronze) or vandalism is happening at cemetaries.
     
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    Yes that was what struck me as well. I can recall at least two members on this thread who have been dead for a few years. A bit sobering and all the more gloomy with the festive season here

    pentaxuser
     
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    I visit cemeteries all the time for the specific purpose of photographing them (of course, I like visiting them as well). But I am always respectful - I don't make myself obvious (like using a tripod - usually forbidden anyway) and if there are mourners present I will move to another part of the cemetery to give them privacy. My blog listed below (stoneanddust.com) is about my cemetery travels. It was meant to be a place for me to show my film/darkroom images of them, but I can't keep up with the developing, printing, and scanning in a timely manner, so all images are from my iPhone.

    I've never been asked to stop photographing at a cemetery, but I can understand why some cemeteries ban it - I've seen some bad/questionable behaviour in some cemeteries (sitting on stones to get a selfie, goths draped over stones, etc.), and it may be possible that people don't want images of their loved ones memorials showing up online and/or being used in ways they don't like. I've been to St. Michele Cemetery in Venice (it's an island cemetery) and while it is old and historic, it is very much a working cemetery (there were 2 funerals going on the day I visited). Yet many tourists show up there with their shorts, sock, and sandals, DSLRs or compacts hanging round their necks, acting like the worst tourists, not considering the fact that this is indeed a cemetery and not a tourist attraction. A few bad apples can really spoil it for others.
     
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    Very interesting, saved for later.
     
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    I've only taken cemetery pictures at three places. One is my father's grave, but it's just a flush-to-the-ground stone. The other two were more tourist-type situations. The grave of a mummy in Middlebury and one with a "window" in New Haven, both in Vermont.

    In the Cleveland, Ohio, area we have a few "living" cemeteries. They encourage visitors, photography of historical structures, sponsor events and concerts, and even accept visitors who are out for a picnic.

    In high school a friend and I would park at Case Western Reserve University and walk up Mayfield Road to Coventry (shopping, food, etc.). The Mayfield Cemetery (in Cleveland Heights) has a stone wall that borders the road. The barbed wire on top of the wall was angled inward, as if to keep something from escaping.
     
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    Two of my most interesting pictures were taken in cemersries. One is four head stones of four sisters with different birth dates but same date of death. Struck by lightning while holding hands. Another, in a New Jersey grave yard with epitaph written by angry husband: Here lies the body of xxx, wife of xxx, killed by incompetent physician, Dr. x.
     
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    Wow - sounds really interesting! What cemeteries were these in?
     
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    The one with the girls in Lebanon, Ohio. The angry husband in Tappan, NY. For really weird cemetery monuments, the Bidawee (so..) Pet Cemetary on Long Island, the final resting place of Checkers Nixon...remember Checkers?
     
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    Thanks! As for Checkers, I know of him, but he died long before my time.
     
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