My main fine art project is an ongoing series of cemetery photographs, “Grave Concerns.” This work has garnered such praise as “beautiful and thought-provoking, even humorous at times,” and “not at all creepy.” Cemeteries reflect the whole realm of human experience. They give us glimpses of the lives buried there, and those who loved them.
Two rusty chairs await visitors to a tomb in St. Louis No. 3 cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The number 15 marks a burial chamber in a wall vault. Photographed at St. Louis No. 3 cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Standing atop a grave, a headless statue holds a wreath. As one of several headless statues in Riverside Cemetery (Asheville, North Carolina), it’s most likely the victim of vandalism.
Bouquets lie piled atop a grave in St. Louis No. 3 cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana.
A statue of a woman in mourning sits atop a tomb in St. Louis No. 3 cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana.
A statue of a lamb and a tree stump decorate the grave of a boy named Robert.
A close-up of the word “REST” in an epitaph on a gravestone. Black and white photograph taken in Tallahassee, Florida using a Lensbaby lens.
A toy elephant, aged with time, stands on the gravestone of a woman named Vivian.
Inscribed Xs and various offerings decorate Marie Laveau’s tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Also known as the wishing tomb and the Laveau-Glapion tomb, there’s some controversy as to whether Marie Laveau is actually buried here.
A statue of a woman on a cross lies peacefully amongst plants, where she fell in 2008 when a tornado swept through Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia.
Detail of a rusty metal fence, with a gothic-style circle on top and diamond on bottom.
A cherub statue clasps his hands in prayer, looking heavenward.
An ornate gravestone features a crown encircling a cross with an IHS symbol. The symbol, which closely resembles a dollar sign, and the crown hint at the complex relationship between Christianity, money, and politics.
A statue of a butterfly fairy naps on top of a gravestone.
A double cross marks a roadside grave, next to a sign that reads “Drive Safely.”
The disembodied legs and feet of a small statue lie in the grass of a cemetery.
A wire grave marker commemorates someone with the surname Cuy.