Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Père Lachaise Cemetery

I have always identified myself as a Vintage-Pixie-Zombie, and the Zombie side of me loves cemeteries. There’s something about them so hauntingly inviting; walking amongst all the lost souls who have left their lifeless bodies for new adventures, is something that really appeals to me.

You will not find a more beautiful cemetery than Père Lachaise Cemetery. It’s so vast and you could easily (as I did) spend a multitude of hours there. It is arguably the most famous in the world, with graves and monuments dedicated to some of the most inspiring people to ever grace this earth:

  • Oscar Wilde
  • Jim Morrison
  • Molière (comic playwright)
  • Chopin (pianist)
  • Paul Eluard (poet)
  • Georges Rodenbach (poet and novelist), are just a few names whose bodies found their final resting place, here.

I found myself there with two friends and it was wonderful to experience it with them. We basked in our amazement and love for this cemetery, which is so inconspicuous as you enter, but as you start to walk around you really get a sense of how special the place is – a world treasure. It was a spectacular day, with nearly every crevasse bathed in sunlight, it was truly one of the best experiences I have ever had.
Equipment: I took these pictures with my camera phone (iPhone). I know photography snobs will recoil with disgust, but I love these pictures! It actually happened by mistake, because I had my gorgeous Olympus TRIP with me and took a full roll of film – only to snap said film as I wound it (the ultimate photography fail). I took these photos in colour, but used my ‘Vintage Camera’ Application, to turn them into Black and White.
Editing: There is very little editing here and not all have been edited. I have slightly sharpened the focus on a few and lightened some of the darkest shadows.

You can view the full 16-picture gallery, over on my Flickr page, here.

‘Til next time! :)

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