Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Photographing in the Cemetery Today
It is always interesting to me to see who else is photographing in the cemetery and to see what kind of equipment they are carrying. There were two men with huge telephoto lenses on their DSLR's on top of tripods and another camera hanging from their shoulder. They were standing on the walk and trying to stay out of the way. It was really almost impossible to set up the tripod on the walk and if they went in among the graves it would be impossible. There are no walkways through the graves and it is difficult to find a place to put your feet much less a tripod.
As we came down the road to the cemetery I noticed a woman who was just standing to one side with her camera in her hand and scanning what was passing by. She was ready to bring her camera to her eye if something interested her. I saw her again as we were leaving. She had moved to a different location but still waiting for her "decisive moments." That is the way I like to shoot in the cemetery as well. I think you need to blend into the crowd, be mobile and make connections when you can. It is very chaotic riot of colors and people and difficult light.
It is hard for me to make a good photograph of the overall scene so I usually try to make images of bits and pieces and hope that the "set" of images tells the story. Maybe one of these days I'll get around to going through the last 10 years of shoots and make an album of what I think is my Best of Day of the Dead images. Or maybe I'll just spend my time making more images. That is the fun part.