Dave Higgins Photography

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Posts tagged ‘modern gravestones’

A gallery of my latest modern gravestone images won’t appear until December, when I’ve assembled a collection of those taken in the latter part of 2014. In the meantime, I’ve replaced one of the images in my “best of” gallery for this series with one I created last week:

Tweety Bird - New York

Tweety Bird – New York

While it’s probably not intentional, one interesting aspect of this monument is that it vaguely echoes art work that was common on Puritan gravestones:


If you’d like to learn more about Puritan gravestone iconography, the City of Boston has a helpful web page. You can explore things even further in either a lighter (with photos) or heavier (with charts) vein. As these links demonstrate, Puritan cemetery folk art can be fascinating. And who knows? Maybe some day in the distant future historians will be similarly fascinated with the cemetery folk art from our time.

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I’ve added three photographs – and deleted one – from my selection of favorites in this series. One of the additions is of what appears to be a group effort to memorialize the deceased by painting individual pavers, which were then arrayed in front of the gravestone. Pretty cool!

"Miss You, Love You, Fun" - New York

“Miss You, Love You, Fun” – New York


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

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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