Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Stone Lily in St. Mary's Cemetery

As I mentioned in my last post, the other week I was in Alexandria, VA for work and decided to spend some time walking around St. Mary's Cemetery and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. St. Mary's is an old cemetery located at the south end of Alexandria nestled right up against the interstate and bridge. It is a Catholic cemetery started back in the late 1700s, though I did not find any graves from that period. Having just finished a book about the symbol and imagery in funerary art, I found it very interesting to now have a much better understanding of what things are and what they mean.

This marker was an obelisk with flowers on each of the four sides. I liked how the lily shown in the sun with the texture of the old worn stone coming through. I decided to really play around with the processing on this image. But I am not going to bore you with those details. For me, I really like the feel of the final image. The soft feeling contrasted with the stony texture. The dark shading contrasted with the bright clear lily. The feeling of sadness mixed with a sense of hope or maybe remembering.

(Where was this taken?)

Thanks for stopping by.


Anita Jesse said...

Your photography continues to grow richer. Both of these latest entries demonstrate yet again how combining a good eye--getting keener--combined with ever more refined processing pays off in the form of images that stay with me.

Light and Voices said...

Your explanations of the image grabbed my heart, as well as, the photograph. Nice job!