Dave Higgins Photography

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From early childhood I remember numerous family visits to old New England cemeteries. During these visits we would seek out interesting old gravestones, trying to gain from the names, epitaphs and dates of birth and death a sense of the lives and times commemorated.

I still visit cemeteries, but now I seek out interesting modern gravestones and cemetery folk art. What do these artifacts tell us about the people remembered? And what insights into life today do they bequeath to those who will come after us?

The title of this project derives from part of a popular epitaph on old (and some new) gravestones:

“Stranger pause, as you pass by. As you are now so once was I.
As I am now so you must be. Prepare yourself to follow me.”

Over the past few years I’ve posted several galleries for this project. This is a collection of some of my favorites.

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All photographs are © Dave Higgins and “Dave Higgins Photography,” 2019; all rights reserved.

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I continued to work on this project in 2018; this is a collection of some of my favorite images from the year, taken in upstate New York and Texas. While I originally started this project with a focus on gravestones, this year I found myself drawn more to hand-made markers and decorations. You can find more images from this series on the As We Are Now series page.

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Any cemetery of decent size has a section devoted to military veterans. In addition, practically any cemetery has veterans’ headstones decorated with American flags scattered among the graves. But when you visit a national cemetery you are likely to be struck by the sheer number of graves of veterans and their spouses. These numbers have grown significantly with the aging of veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. On this Memorial Day weekend, let’s pause a moment to remember all those who served our country.

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After arriving in Texas recently for a visit, my sister (a master naturalist) took me to Stella Rowan Prairie. SRP is a rare, tiny remnant of the original grassland prairies that once covered the Great Plains – before much of them were wiped out by development and agriculture. It ironically resides in the middle of some of that development, between Fort Worth and Dallas. While the area just looks like boring grass from the distance, once you get closer you find there’s a wonderful array of diverse grasses and flowers – many of which are in bloom this time of year.

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All photographs are © Dave Higgins and “Dave Higgins Photography,” 2017; all rights reserved.

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