Sunday, October 24, 2010

Among The Dead

I'm currently in Australia shooting a documentary for six weeks. It's turning out to be a wonderful experience. Yesterday, we passed an old cemetery that caught my attention. We're staying in the town where this cemetery is located for another couple of days.

Tonight I visited the cemetery and these are frame grabs of the footage I filmed.

I love cemeteries. I feel so at home in them. I don't know why.

I love the dead. They no longer hunger or lament.

I love their cities. They're so peaceful.

I love the way the wind strokes the long grass in the graveyard. It's cold, but it's not bitter. There's no bitterness here.

I love the smell and sensual touch of midnight. The sky is clear from here.

If the dead had working eyes, they'd see things like this.

Life hasn't gone yet, but it's fading, and glowing like an ember one last time.


  1. Such lovely ghostly pictures. Quiet, yes- but peaceful? Weren't you scared?

  2. jervaise brooke hamsterOctober 24, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    You didn`t see Heather while you were there did you?.

  3. Thanks Anon, glad you enjoyed them. I don't feel scared in graveyards. Churches? Yes.


    Thanks, Cinezilla.


    jbh -- that's genuinely funny. Your one-track mind has its upside, it seems.

    If she was there, I don't know what she was doing there. Visiting relatives perhaps?

  4. Amazing pics---thanks for sharing.

  5. No surprise how much I love these images but I'm also thrilled that you, too, feel at home in cemeteries.

    I remember when I was just 7 getting excited about visiting my grandfather's grave in Redondo Beach. This was a man I missed terribly, but when I think back on those visits I remember no sadness or fear. I do, however, recollect my fascination with the "old" section's gorgeous tombstones.

    (thank you!)

  6. jervaise brooke hamsterNovember 12, 2010 at 4:00 AM


  7. Nick -- glad you enjiyed them

    Phil -- will do

    Trix -- to me, cemeteries are some of the most relaxing, beautiful, and peaceful places on Earth

    Perhaps I should check out your Redondo cemetery. I'm only an hour from there. Was it old then?

  8. Because I was so young *everything* seemed old!

    I've not returned to the cemetery for many years but I'm almost positive it was Pacific Crest. My family and I may be traveling to the South Bay soon, and I will certainly take the time to revisit one of the few peaceful places from my childhood. It may not be a grand example of a cemetery but it helped develop my love and respect for the dead.

    Please let me know if you happen to check it out.

  9. jervaise brooke hamsterNovember 25, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Phantom, when you return (irrespective of the subject of the item) do you think you could accompany the article with your favorite pictures from "The Pauline Hickey Fan Page" or "Pauline Hickey Vintage Porn", i just wanted to see w-HEATHER your favorite images of her were the same as mine, as i`ve said before when that bird was 18 in 1986 she was the most incredible bird of all time, she was quite amazing.