Death and Mortality 3

In June I attended Photo 24 2016 in London. During this photo marathon I was pleased to visit and photograph one of the Magnificent Seven cemeteriesBrompton Cemetery.

This cemetery opened in June 1840 and it is one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished garden cemeteries.

It was a wonderful mixture of the wild and the managed. Art, architecture, flora and fauna all rolled into one place. It is only a moments walk from West Brompton Underground Station to the North Lodge entrance. This grand Victorian cemetery is a visual feast and many people were taking advantage of its environs. Free to enter and I highly recommended it to anyone.

I would like to try and visit the other six cemeteries of the magnificent seven:

I can only hope that they are as photogenic as Brompton Cemetery.

Death and Mortality 1

I have decided to start a small project based around the symbology of Death and Mortality. I had Friday off and the weather was nice so I decided to kick start the project with a visit to Brookwood Cemetery.

Brookwood Cemetery first opened in 1854 and was at one time the largest cemetery in the world. Today, it continues to be the largest cemetery in Western Europe and since its opening, approximately 250,000 people have been laid to rest within the beautiful grounds.

An unusual feature of Brookwood Cemetery was that it had its own private railway running through the grounds. The main reason for this was that the Cemetery was over 25 miles from central London, and the only convenient method of transporting coffins and mourners was by the London & South Western Railway. The funeral trains began to operate from 13 November 1854 when the Cemetery opened to the public.

Please find my first images below. I decided to give them an antique plate camera feel using Silver Efex Pro 2.

I am sure that everyone has a graveyard or cemetery close to them, and you will find that they are interesting places to explore in quiet contemplation. They also are a haven to wild flowers, insects and wildlife.