It was noon when we arrived at Woolwich Cemetery, but the sky was grey on a cold and windy November day. It cast its shadows over untended graves, wedged between the shiny headstones, bodies blanketed in flowers and figurines.
Cemeteries are peaceful, still. They attract me for their mystery and their beauty. They are full of untold stories, half-finished lives, some only just started and others lived to the full.
This photo above is one of my favorites that came out of this walk. I think it tells a story. There’s something about it.
Cemeteries are places for contemplation, for conversation, for coming to the realization that life is only temporary and we should weigh our decisions in such a way because of it.
London is full of beautiful, old, crumbly, Victorian cemeteries, a juxtaposition of old and new, life and death.
This girl hanging off of the cross was particularly fascinating. There’s something desperate in her stance and I love the detail of her toes.
My favorite London cemeteries are Kensal Green Cemetery and Brompton Cemetery, funny enough both walking distance from places I used to live. The photos in this entry are all from Woolwich Cemetery, a new discovery for me.
Anyone know the name of these colorful plants? I’ve never seen them before.
Like all cemeteries in London, Woolwich Cemetery was full of little treasures, rich gold Arabic scripts scrawling across headstones, colorful flowers and peace.
We walked for a few hours, my cousin and I, just strolling slowly, taking care to read the messages inscribed on the stones, admiring the landscaping around some of the graves, commenting on figurines like the one in the photo above and talking about the diversity in the names and the languages.
Some of it I find haunting, but hauntingly beautiful. This photo above is one example of that. And this last one, well, it isn’t the greatest in terms of photography, but the message struck me. I will leave you with this.
What are your thoughts on Cemeteries?
Do you have a favorite in London?
Have you ever taken photographs there?