Thursday, February 09, 2012

Photographing a Gravestone

Photographing a Gravestone by midgefrazel
Photographing a Gravestone, a photo by midgefrazel on Flickr.

Teaching Cemetery Research: Working with a Local Cemetery

Hillside Cemetery 
Having purchased a new camera for Christmas, I have been itching to get out and test it in the cemetery.

I handed my old camera to my husband and told him to take photos of me while I was working and to not tell me about it. This is the best one. I will show you the less flattering ones as we go along. Gravestone photography is not glamorous.

You should never go to the cemetery alone. I have broken this rule for taking a photo in a local graveyard but it is really not safe. The ground is New England Cemeteries is lumpy and uneven. More than one friend has told me that they have stepped in a hole or fallen. Steve, my hubs, is my boneyard buddy.

I took these photos today for teaching purposes. For the new few weeks, I will be blogging about this 45 minutes I spent in this cemetery. Yes, that's right, I took about 130 photos in 45 minutes.


Lisa Wallen Logsdon said...

In Kentucky and Indiana, it's good to have a buddy so they can check you from head to toe for ticks before you get back into the car! Of course, you have to check them too, LOL!

Unknown said...

"Gravestone photography is not glamorous." Shhhh. I've almost convinced my family that I have an exotic and glamorous hobby. Well, perhaps not.

Anonymous said...

Hi Midge, That is a lot of pictures but that is also pretty much the number I take of wildlife on a good day. Yes, I agree that one should only go to cemeteries with a partner or a group. That is safer accident and possible crime prevention-wise.

Jo said...

Well done on your photography, and I'll never go to a cemetery alone again. I was hoping to find a grave at Wellshill Cemetery in Perth. I spent ages finding the grave and taking photos, only to find out that the main gate had been locked at 4.30, no mobile signal and 10' railings all round. Thankfully I found a small gate unlocked - lesson learned :-)

Midge Frazel said...

I do tell people that they should locate all of the gates in the whole cemetery before they start. That is very scary to be locked in with no signal. I often send hubs to check out the exits for me but to stay within shouting distance.

Nice to have you following my blog, Jo.

Pamela Wile said...

I visited a cemetery a few years ago and foolishly was wearing sandals. The front part of my foot tipped into a small but deep hole and I did one of those silly run-on things until I fell. I didn't hurt myself when I fell, but I did hurt the bottom of my foot. Lucky for me that was the only injury and I was able to get back to my car. There wasn't a sole around - just cars wizzing by on the road. I had to drive about 50 miles home and to return my rental car. Again, as luck would have it, I had cruise control. Otherwise, I wouldn't have made it. Please, folks, wear good solid footwear and have your cell phone with you if you are by yourself. Cemetery buddies aren't always possible.