Dave Higgins Photography

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Two images from my series “As We Are Now” have been included in the Troy Photo Center’s members’ show.  They will be on display until November 5th.

Cherub With Toy Cars – Texas

 

“Right On Schedule…” – Texas

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

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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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I took many photographs for this project in 2015; this is a collection of some of my favorites from the year. They were taken in upstate New York, Vermont and Texas. You can find more images from this series on the As We Are Now series page.

In 2015 I continued exploring the subject of modern cemetery folk art from a somewhat broader (and hopefully deeper) perspective. I’ve continued my attention on artifacts of human emotion – which could span a range from personal messages to loved ones to tokens bearing some unknown significance.

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I’ve continued work on this project in 2014; this is a collection of some of my favorites from the first half of the year. They were taken in upstate New York and Texas. You can find more images from this series on the As We Are Now series page.

This series is exploring the subject of modern cemetery folk art – both what is inscribed on gravestones and the artifacts of human emotion left by others, which could span a range from personal messages to loved ones to ordinary objects bearing some unknown significance. This project is also creating a record of how this folk art appears around the time it is created. As a visit to the older section of any cemetery will bear out, time and the elements inevitably take their toll on this kind of folk art.

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All photographs are © Dave Higgins and “Dave Higgins Photography,” 2014; all rights reserved.

 

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I’ve added what I feel is a “new and improved” version of “Ozymandias” to this site.

I originally posted a selection of images from this series in 2011. However, over time I grew dissatisfied with the selection of images and the way they looked. This often happens with me. After I live with something a while I occasionally get a sense that the aesthetics are off. This applies to my writings and my garden as well as my photography. Thankfully, it’s not as hard to redo some photographs as it is to move a shrub or tree!

For this series I came to feel that the original images were too harsh – and that some didn’t really work for the series. After some contemplation and exploration I decided that these images needed a more timeless, dream-like quality. I also changed the titles to something more poetic as well. (Giving an image a name that’s something other than “just the facts” is always a challenge for me.) The following comparison illustrates these changes:

Grand Master's End Game

Grand Master’s End Game

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Obelisks - 10/10/2011

Obelisks – 10/10/2011

I feel the new images better capture the spirit I want to convey for this series. What do you think?

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