Saturday, March 13, 2010

Dignity Art

I spent an hour or so today with my friend Robyn Paton exploring Ottawa's most beautiful and historic Beechwood Cemetery, doing a little photo research for a possible upcoming photo project.

I was so pleasantly surprised by what I found. ART...... Everywhere. Dignified - symmetrical - formal. Art. Including loads of lovely typography and interesting decorative detail.

Today was such a perfect day for the visit. Grey enveloping skies - dark and heavy light. Cemeteries always have such somber reverence, for obvious reasons. But this one was extra cool because of the historic significance. So many of the names on the markers were the the same names as Ottawa's prominent streets. Without knowing all of the history, I imagine a great many of the folks that helped build our city and perhaps help shape our country are buried there.

I'm anxious to head back to learn more and to spend more time recording the details and the history of this wonderfully calm place. Although admittedly today, I did kind of feel that I was taking something away that wasn't really mine to take. Perhaps, by posting these images I'm not just taking away but also respectfully sharing. I hope so.

All images © Dwayne Brown

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