Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cimetiere du Montparnesse

Another of my ongoing photo studies includes the beauty, mystic, and strong sculptural statements found in the eternal memorials of cemeteries.

The Cimetiere du Montparnesse, in Paris, is the permanent home of many of France's poets, artists, musicians, philosophers, mathematicians, historians, and other intellectual as well as artistic elite.

Acres and acres of interesting and thought provoking tombs, statues and head stones captivate the visitor.

My interest in cemeteries goes beyond the concept of death - but about the myth and symbols contained in these environments.

Cemeteries are about exploring the historical role in man's struggle with mortality, immortality, salvation, death, and transcendence.
Many of the commissioned stones created to memorialize, fascinate and captivate enchant the visitor and make strong statements about those they honor.

A cemetery is a history of people - a perpetual record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today. A cemetery exists because every life is worth loving and remembering - always.

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