Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones

While photographing a recent project which I can show but, say little about, my wife and I decided a local graveyard was the ideal set. Upon seeing these old headstones which are, in some cases, nearly 200 years old, I was blown away by the quality of the typography. Jennifer took some pictures of our favorite one.

These days, few could do anything this beautiful, given days of editable work on a computer screen. And yet, here it is, written in stone, chiseled with steel. And the (almost) hundreds of years have added their grace — the rose-colored patina of the stone, the green of the moss and the mint-colored lichen just kill me.


Anonymous said...

I should let you know that generally, in English, 'The Crooked Cross' is a word for the Swastika, the symbol used by the Nazis.

NT said...

It is actually a reference to the last paragraph of the short story "The Dead" by James Joyce. It's a beautiful passage (and story)––definitely worth reading if you don't already know it.

AJ Mapes said...

the typography and weathered stone makes quite a beautiful combination.