Graveyards were one of the first spaces I photographed in
when I received a camera in 1987. There is something quite haunting
about their serenity, even in the middle of a busy city. On this
particular morning, I had a couple of hours to myself, before I picked
up Ingrid for the afternoon session we had planned, so I decided to
spend it exploring the nearest graveyard. One reason for choosing this
particular space was that another photographer I knew had worked in the
same location with infrared film, and I was quite interested to see how
the tonality of the digital infrared camera would compare to that of
conventional infrared film.
Digital infrared original, 5 frame stitch
Initially I was frustrated by the
morning's light - low cloud was blanketing the city, providing a
featureless white sky above the graveyard. I had hoped to do some images
with dramatic dark skies and fluffy white clouds, but it was not to be.
As I worked however, I became more and more interested in the contrast
between the pale foliage and the white, featureless shy, and started
working deliberately with that contrast in the images.
Digital infrared original
Overall, I am very pleased with the results from this session. Truth be told, I hadn't considered the infrared camera for anything other than my figure work when I'd arranged for its conversion, but having seen these images, I can definitely see how other infrared subjects will present themselves over time (though I am not too certain that a graveyard theme will ever fully realize itself).