A sober thought

pete

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Someone questioned my taking of tombstone photos (not here) saying it was disrespectful. Here is my take: I approach each and every grave with the deepest of respect, knowing it was/still is a life. I believe Im in some small way continuing their epic journey into the next life. And alittle more rememberance in this life wont hurt anyone. EP1 with 17mm

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I wouldn't mind making a book about this either...
 

BillN

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Pete - as long as you act respectfully, which I am sure you do, and no relatives are around who disagree - then I see what you are doing as the opposite of the "somebody" comment

But there are always some "funny" people around

Cheers
 

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I think that there are "living" graves and "dead" graves, and you have just to be a little careful, especially in countries that are not your own - if you see what I mean

strange I should use those words - don't ask me to define the terms
 

Brian Mosley

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Pete, it's a subject you obviously approach with sincerity and sensitivity... I find these personal memorials very moving and taking photographs a mark of remembrance and respect, but there will always be those who see things from their own perspective.

I think a book would be a splendid idea.

Cheers

Brian
 

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thanks all, its my long range plan...but need to think of copyright stuff. In this day and age you have to be legal ready! know what I mean.

Thanks all.

Pete
 

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there is nothing disrespectful about recording tasteful images of grave markers...


they were erected for the living to see and remember that a loved one passed..... it is a monument to the dead .... and monument were built for the living to see.

whatever moron confronted you is the one with the disrespect .... a disrespect for their own intellect and ability for clear and rational thought , shoot away and fools be damned

now if, for what ever reason a family member asked you do not shoot a image of a given tombstone , i understand you would respect their feeling and choice. but a blanket condemnation of recording momuments to the dead is ignorance and foolishness,imho
 

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I also feel that you have to take into account local laws and customs as well as cultural differences that exist around the world - it's all part of the respect issue
 

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Pete,

The last thing any sensible person would think of when looking at the photograph in question is that it is disrespectful. It is a wonderful and respectful depiction of an artistically interesting subject. Keep doing what you are doing and pay no attention to such comments.

Regards,

Antonio
 

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People's attitude to death always amazes me. Why is it such a taboo subject? Death is entirely natural, it happens to us all and is an essential part of life - each generation making way for another generation to grow and prosper, perpetuating and evolving the species.

As the subject has come up, may I indulge myself by boring you with a poem that I wrote many years ago.....

DEATH AFTER LIFE

Death - what we all fear most
Our ultimate fate
A step into the unknown
And unavoidable

A test of faith for even
The most devout Christian
Hollow, numb uncertainty
To non-believers

A shadow on our frail lives
Death is always there
Stalking yet our every move
'Til the grave becons

Uncertain when the call will come
We face each day in silent,
Muted fear, wondering
Will it come today?

Yet the End is not in doubt
That we are certain
And with such certainty comes
A stark, cold comfort

For though we lose the good of life
The bad will pass too
Thank God (?) for death, Eternity (?)
Life ends with a question


Keep taking those pictures, Pete! :cool:
 

cosinaphile

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beautifuly told , goldenlight , im even seeing your name in a new light ,cheers

i dont believe in much,........... yet each day i revel in the miracle of existence and the universe , you are matter "made" conscious.... of atoms so tenuous and thin that they make soap bubbles seem as blocks of lead. ,life is a poem......... and your poem is about a mysterious part of it life
 

OzRay

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I think the only thing that you need to be careful about is time. I would be very wary about taking photos of any memorials etc that were fairly recent, but ones that have well and truly become part of histroy is another matter altogether. Cemetaries are as much about our culture and history as any anything else, recording such can be as important as recording old buildings, before they crumble and disappear.

Cheers

Ray
 

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I have been taking photographs in cemeteries on and off for years. There is even a series of books from the early 90's called Permanent Londoners, Parisians, New Yorkers and Californians that points out the grave sites of many famous people.

I think they are such interesting places. Many were designed to be tourist attractions. My favorites are ones that have beautiful statues. I think to walk by a grave read a name and a date is a tribute to that person even if you know nothing about them.
 
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