Published April 6th, 2009 in Books and Photography.
Photo Credit: Onkel Wart
Last week, I spent a few pleasurably-languid hours reading Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Gaiman’s wonderful tale of a young boy - Nobody Owens - who is nurtured and protected by the ghostly denizens of a graveyard, transported me into another world, and made me contemplate about life, death and the afterlife.
We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.
Since then ’tis centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity. (Lines 13-20)
Graveyards are oases of tranquility in this chaotic world. They are places where some people finally find - in Earth’s welcoming bosom - the peace and solitude they craved for their entire lives. Is there really an afterlife? No one really can tell for sure. But it sure would be great if there were one.
Here are a few images inspired by the evocative imagery that Gaiman conjures up in his book. All the images were released under various Creative Commons Licenses by their photographers.
Image Credit: E3000
Image Credit: Hugovk
Image Credit: Snake Eyes
Image Credit: Rachel Sian
Image Credit: Shots at Random
Image Credit: Anders B.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
JazJaz - 40 Hauntingly Beautiful Photographs Taken In Graveyards
I love graveyards, and these pictures are awesome - there are 40 at the page, so here are just a few.