43/366 Take 12! February
A black and white world we visit today-literally and figuratively-
Where I Was At:
Literally–This overcast Friday morning, complete with snow flurries, found me at Elmwood/Pinewood Cemetery near downtown Charlotte. I love this place–it is a wonderful example of the “rural park” cemeteries popular in the mid-nineteenth century. A park-like vista with plenty of trees and seasonal plantings, winding roads, gently sloping hills–it is a wonderful place to visit, no matter the time of the year. Other than the ground crews, it appeared I was the only visitor.
Mentally–I just wanted some quiet today. And this is a good place for it. I am always struck by the incongruities here. Up until the 1960s, a chain link fence divided Elmwood-the white cemetery, from Pinewood, the African American cemetery. The fence is no longer standing, but you still get a sense of crossing from one area to the other. The cemeteries are interesting contrasts in materials and expression. In Elmwood, mausoleums of quarried stone and slate shingle roofs vie with no-less elaborate buildings in Pinewood, constructed of variegated brick arranged in decorative patterns. But certain motifs and symbols are constant — between the small lambs that adorn children’s graves to the angels and sorrowful women that keep watch on both sides. Of the two though, I tend to spend more time in the Pinewood area; I find it visually more interesting.
Creatively– Lately, it has been a real up and down ride. One day I am bursting with ideas; the next day I ask why do I even pick up a camera (or a phone). So it goes-one thing I am doing differently is making sure I allow myself time to take at least one picture, if not more everyday.
And if you want more Take 12! visit Lee at Beyond Purgatory for her view of the world on this 12th of February-
Images taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed, Pic-Tap-Go, Stackables, and Formulas-
For today: Take 12! February