Done Monkeying Around

The child’s grave this remembrance occupies bears no marker nor name, providing no details about the story it tells. For me, this is the saddest photograph I captured while photographing the series I’m calling A Grave Image. I’ve tagged each of the 15 posts in the series with “A Grave Image”, too, so they can be viewed easily and dynamically as a complete collection at any time using that tag.

Some of you might be pleased to hear that this is my last entry for a while in this series. It was never really meant to be a series, but since people seem to like the photos I kept them coming. I will most likely post and append additional photos to it from time to time moving forward, but for now I wish to move on to some other (potentially brighter) subjects. Although grave decorations are a gloomy topic, they offer an interesting look at grief and one aspect of our attempts to honor the memory of a loved one. The experience of taking (and processing) these photos has included some significantly cathartic personal moments. Others readers have seen something appealing or curious about these images, too, because the number of daily blog views has been up more than double the recent norm on some days. Perhaps it’s foolish of me to switch my focus when it’s having a positive impact on blog exposure, but I’ve spent enough time haunting the local cemetery for a little while.

"Done Monkeying Around", Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/8.0 at 1/100 sec., 68mm

“Done Monkeying Around”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/8.0 at 1/100 sec., 68mm
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4 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this and other images of your “grave image” series. I agree, this particular photo is especially sad. I can also imagine the experience has provided some cathartic moments for you. Of course, I look forward to seeing other photos from you, too.

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