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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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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At a recent show that included a couple of my gravestone photos from “As We Are Now,” some viewers apparently believed I had added the photo on a stone with Photoshop. I guess they didn’t know what’s been happening with some modern gravestones.

“Put Out To Greener Pastures” – Texas

A few years ago The Atlantic had an interesting article – “Lasers For The Dead” – about a new technology for modern gravestones. Drawing from a visit to a New York City cemetery, the article tells the interesting story of how new laser equipment enabled monument companies to embed photographs on gravestones. The article concludes with some thoughts on how this new technology reflects on our time and place:

Death doesn’t change. But that doesn’t mean that death escapes its time or culture. The older sections of Washington Cemetery have an identifiable style, too, Ciamaga said. The new stones are just the latest one. But if that’s true, then these stones say something about the times in which we now live and die.

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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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All photographs are © Dave Higgins and “Dave Higgins Photography,” 2015; all rights reserved.

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