April 10, 2003

Loved In Life - Parkwood Cemetery, Baltimore, MD


I don't own a black polyester cape or sleep in my mother's basement and refer to it as my "lair". But, I am partial to cemeteries as photographic subject matter. Usually it is the dramatic statuary or aging textures and patinas that catch my eye and emotions. Sometimes it is the simple poignancy of loss and remembrance.

Parkwood was short on drama. The memorials were more modest and modern than some of the other cemeteries in the area but it was filled with odd little rememberances that let you know there was someone that cared and gave some vague glimpse of the person they missed.

Posted by Crowolf at April 10, 2003 11:50 AM

My father is buried in Parkwood Cemetery, and I know what you mean about the modern but interesting, and sometimes odd rememberances that the cemetery holds. I used to spend time in Savior lot, on the east end of the cemetery. I live in DE now, but I still love the cemetery. You probably don't care for the rantings I have of my time spent in cemeteries, but I do love the photographic nature that they hold. At the "lake" in parkwood, as the sun sets, the three crosses cast a rather beautiful shadow over the water. Try to catch it sometime, it's rather beautiful, and if you're into spirituality, it's uplifting.

Posted by: Marsha Blizard at January 10, 2004 06:38 PM

Thanks Marsha. I'm quite pleased to read your "rantings". It is nice to know that someone is looking. I'm always hopeful that viewing and photographing the memorials from an artistic perspective won't offend the loved ones memorialized. I recently returned to Parkwood for more pictures. My daughter is using one of the statues by the "lake" for a series of sketches and paintings showing the same scene at three different times of day. I'll try to get some of those posted when she finishes.

Posted by: Crowolf at January 11, 2004 11:14 AM
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