Thursday, September 6, 2012

Stone Memories . . .

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Well, I suppose I really did have my head in the clouds. Someone broke the chain fairly early on, and the hoped for millions of page hits did not materialize. Sigh. :-)
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Back to the drawing board. Or more precisely, back to the light table, and the editing of photographs taken over the years. Here are a few more from Florence, Italy, in the San Miniato al Monte Cemetery. Shared with you with all my heart.
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Memories in stone
Darkened by soot
Locked in rust
An angel's love
An infant's trust
Broken dreams
A fading photograph
An eternal smile
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21 comments:

Owen said...

A piece of music perhaps well in tune with this :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if79C_aN3ps

"Dust off those dusty strings just one more time..."

French Girl in Seattle said...

Tres belles photos, mises en evidence par le noir et blanc, Owen, surtout cette jeune femme. Superbe. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Lorrene said...

My favorite is the statue of Famiglia. They are all very interesting.

Steve said...

The black and white shots are amazing... almost chalk and charcoal...

linda said...

What an amazing eye you have! your photos always tell such stories.

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

Ces clichés sont magnifiques!
Et on ne s'attendrait pas à voir de si belles statues dans un endroit pareil!
Ce n'est pas dans mes habitudes de hanter les cimetières, mais je vais y penser;o)
Merci pour le partage, Owen! Et merci aussi pour le plaisir de ta visite;o)

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Belle après-midi et à bientôt****

Peter Olson said...

Somehow similar, somehow different from a French cemetery, especially the last type of realistic statue of the couple! ... not forgetting the lonely little girl!

James said...

These are wonderful! Not sad at all!
Great captures!

Robert Geiss said...

In my opinion,these are very moving images, which makes one long for family, togetherness and a moment when time just will stand still, damn it.

Please have a wonderful long lasting happy Friday.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Adore these old stone statues, especially the one of the young girl seated! Fascinating!

Nicola Carpenter said...

Beautiful pictrures. I have to say the last two look very creepy.

Beneath Thy Feet

Nicola Carpenter said...

Beautiful pictrures. I have to say the last two look very creepy.

Beneath Thy Feet

louciao said...

And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like goin' home
And it stoned me

Laurie said...

These are marvellous, Owen. Such wonderful compositions. Laurie

Le Journal de Chrys said...

Tes photographies en N&B très contrastées sont vraiment intéressantes!

Bravo!!!

Julie said...

A wonderful collection yet again, Owen, and so artfully arrayed for our pleasure. I must agree with Nicola, that the two showing the more modern young woman and man, are a little too close to the bone. I prefer a greater distance in time and in reality.

Are you certain tht the discolouration is soot, rather than a variety of lichen/mould/moss? I like it when memorials age in this way, although to be totally black would not be good. A nice mottled effect would be the aim, if I were in charge of mottling!!

Look at the chiselled detail in the feathers behind that adolescent cherub. Such masonry skills. I do not think I have seen an adolescent angel/cherub prior to this.

Were I to chose a favourite, which is wrong as they each add to the overall story, I would chose the fading image in the photograph (the fourth image). She is ghosting and fading (and dribbling) year upon year, until she fades from our sight forever. A nice metaphor for your entire story ...

clo said...

Hi dear Owen..
Ils sont beaux ces visages de pierre ,mais là , à l'instant présent ça me fait penser a la mort et j'ai paaaaas du tout envie de penser a ça..:) j'ai besoin de couleurs vives et de légèreté...:)
Alors mon cher ami ,je vais déposer ici mes plus amicales pensées pour toi,et repartir sur la pointe des pieds pour ne pas déranger ceux qui dorment..:) des gros bisoux..:)

Catherine said...

what a lovely sequence of stone images - especially that last one of the soldier and his sweetheart...

Stickup Artist said...

The last 2 seem particularly surreal to me. Maybe because of the contemporary nature and the lifelike smiles. The 4th one down with the long drips is really eerie! And I love the small flash of colorful flowers in the lower left of the 3rd one down. But my favorites would have to be the soot covered sitting girl and the angel in the middle. I can see the appeal on so many levels!

Pat Tillett said...

Wow! A fantastic group of photos. For some reason, I am most drawn to the beautiful padlocks. Great post Owen!

Mark R said...

Strange how these carvings really do bring home the idea of an attempt to fight back against the transient reality of existence. They illustrate how graveyards are places where we desperately pretend that there is a place where emotions and feelings have permananence - in fact, the opposite of our ephemeral reality