Monochrome Madness – Old cemeteries and gravestones

I don’t know about you but I think old cemeteries and gravestones are the perfect subjects for monochrome. What do you think?

I think it has something to do with the age and if they took photos of them back then they would have been in black and white. You know like history is black and white.

This is an old cemetery in Heidelberg. It may not seem that old to many, but Melbourne was only founded around 1835. Heidelberg is one of the oldest suburbs in Melbourne and it was once all farmland, but not anymore.

It is a little weird because it is between houses and looks like it should be a house block. It is so good that they left it, but not sure I would want to live next door to it. What about you?

Participating in Monochrome Madness

If you would like to participate in this challenge please post photos on your blog and use the tag Monochrome-Madness, as then I can use the reader to see what you post. Also, use the tag mid-week monochrome to catch Bren’s as well.

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  1. I think that cemeteries do work well with monochrome, but they can also work well with colour.
    I wish I could say more but I don’t have much experience photographing cemeteries.

  2. I love photographing old cemeteries. I did a trip around the top of Scotland in 2014, and loved running across small cemeteries, most with amazing sea views. I have way too many photos of those places!

    1. They do make great subjects. Wow, that would have been wonderful, I wonder if you saw any of my ancestors. Can you have too many photos of places like that? Thank you.

  3. I love cemeteries – they are among my most favourite places to explore – so I definitely would not object to living next to one. Quiet neighbours!

  4. Monochromatic does work well. However, and speaking only for myself and it isn’t a view I have always held: is it right to photograph ancient and sacred burial sites?

    1. Interesting question, I don’t think there is anything wrong with it, just like photographing anything. We aren’t digging them up or destroying them, just creating a record of what is there.
      Thank you Brian.

    1. I don’t think it was how you worded it, it was more how WP showed it, wasn’t sure about it. Good to hear you agree, they can be so fascinating. Thank you, nice to hear from you.

  5. I agree that they are perfect themes for black and white photography. I’m not particularly superstitious but I would opt to away of the graveyard, just to be on the safe side.

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