These are some photos for the As We Are Now series, taken when I visited Texas in early November, 2012. I’m continuing to explore the subject of modern cemetery folk art from a somewhat broader (and hopefully deeper) perspective. While I’m very interested in the subject matter itself, I’m more sensitive these days to context – to the settings that may surround the folk art I’m photographing.

Of course when creating images there’s always the question of aesthetics. Some of the cemeteries I visited on this trip had a great deal of a grass called KR Bluestem – an aggressive non-native species that was originally introduced in Texas to control erosion. While it must be quite a nuisance for cemetery groundskeepers, I kind of like the visual effect it offers in some of these images.

(Clicking on any image will open a slide show.)

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All photographs are © Dave Higgins and “Dave Higgins Photography,” 2012; all rights reserved.