Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Highgate Cemetery Part II

Some more recent and modern art

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Highgate Cemetery Part I

My second visit there (and the first with a decent camera). We were only at the eastern side since the western is guided only and very photograper-unfriendly.

Anyway, Highgate Cemetery is the most famous of them all and it was relatively packed with visitors. Still, it's big enough to escape and there are still corners which makes the visit worth it.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Kensal Green Cemetery, London: Part VI

Some Photos i'd like to show you:

We were quite lucky that we've got this beautyful light on that sunday morning. I love it when the sun kisses the faces of these angels. 

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Kensal Green Cemetery, London: Part V: Tilt-shift

No, i'm not working for a model landscape for my model railway. It's the tilt-shift-effect that's very fashionable today.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Kensal Green Cemetery, London: Part IV: Spirit of Extasy

Oddly enough there is a connection between extasy and death:

I'm not the first one who spotted the Spirit of Extasy on this Cemetery, but the pictures i've taken were good enough to show it here:

I'm not sure what kind of petrolhead chose this statue for his grave, and i'm not entirely sure this one fits there (as being the only shiny thing around there for the next hundred yards) but it looks absolutly beautiful there. So whatever nutter chose this: It was well done!

I chose the prime lens (50mm, f1.8) to get a shallow depth of field (especially for the second picture)

Monday, 20 September 2010

Kensal Green Cemetery, London: Part III: The Angels

The main reason for being there (and as a matter of fact for being on any cemetery) are the Angels. Here's a selection of some i've found particularly beautiful:

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Kensal Green Cemetery, London: Part II: Some Details

"For there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen; Before we go to Paradise by way of Kensal Green."

(G. K. Chesterton's poem The Rolling English Road)

The Kensal Green Cemetery is the first of the "Magnificent Seven" which are seven cemeteries founded by the london citizens in the 19th century. It was opened  1832.

Here are some photos that show details on some newer graves. The Teddybear was in my mind particulary touching but it does not appear on a grave of a child but on a grave of an eldery couple. Still, it's touching anyway.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Kensal Green Cemetery, London: Part I

This weekend I was with a buddy in London. Sunday morning we went on the Kensal Green Cemetery, arriving at 9am and discovering that it opens at ten… what a massive disappointment! We desperately searched the neighborhood for a warm cup of coffee which was totally pointless: London (at least the outskirts of it) is fast asleep at this time of a day on a Sunday.
A quarter to 10 an old lady opened the gate and was about to close it again but we convinced her to let us in and we began our walk over one of the best cemeteries i've ever visited.

To be honest, i wasn't expecting very much or spectacular since I found only a few pictures of this cemetery in the internet.

Boy, were we in for a surprise!

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Oldenburg Park Cemetery

Last weekend i've had the opportunity to visit the Oldenburg Park Cemetery: