Another shot from Bordeaux’ Cimetière de la Chartreuse. These two stark parallel crosses appealed to me.
*Resting in the Shadow of a Tree*
When you shoot cemeteries, as a photographer you’re conflicted: you want moody shots because of the subject matter and that suggests overcast light or rolling clouds. But generally as a photographer you tend to crave directional light, especially sunlight at dawn or dusk. This shot is the latter, in Bordeaux’s ‘Cimetière de la Chartreuse’. The shadow of the tree over the crypt seemed ominous and I decided to frame it as such.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/220s, ISO 200
What I really liked in the Père Lachaise cemetery compared to others I have visited is that parts of it are not nicely laid out and manucured. There are wild areas, where the tombs seem to jut from the ground, the vines have invaded the stones, etc. It feels much more like what I expect a cemetery to feel like, a place forgotten by the living.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/210s, ISO 200
Believe it or not, despite having lived in or near Paris for close to two decades, I never went to the Père Lachaise cemetery, probably the most famous one in Paris. During my last trip there I took advantage of a sunny Saturday morning to correct that. Unlike the Montparnasse cemetery which I visited last year, the Père Lachaise is much wilder. There are very well curated areas, but it also has its share of ruined lots. My favourite.