Archive for April, 2009
April 30, 2009: This last weekend, my friend Jose and I made the pilgrimage to Grayson County in search of a cemetery we had heard about from a couple we met on another adventure last year. We were in search of an angel reported to be an incredible, dramatic example of the finest in monuments to the deceased. I did my homework in advance and located what looked like the appropriate cemetery in Denison via an Internet search and off we went. When we arrived at Calvary Cemetery, it was immediately obvious we had found what we were looking for. This Catholic cemetery on the outskirts of the city is set among native old growth trees and open rolling hills. Complete with a pair of Roadrunners who make this site their home, this classic Texas Necropolis was a delight to visit and photograph.
During our short investigation of the city, we found a very unusual home across the street from a Baptist church. While photographing this unusual example of mixed architecture, we had the good fortune to encounter two local residents who pointed us in the direction of the Pilot Knobs Cemetery (which we located and photographed) and told us about a Confederate Cemetery in a neighboring community I now need to research. If you have any specific information about any unique Texas cemeteries you’d like to share, I’ll add it to my list of projects.
March 34, 2009: Three new cemeteries added as a result of our anniversary get-away to Winstar (to see Bonnie Raitt (and make our contribution to the Chickasaw Nation education fund…) On our way back we decided to take the scenic route through Gainesville, Whitesboro and Celina (and Gunter and several other little remote Texas towns), which gave me the opportunity to photograph Crossroads Cemetery in Celina, which caught my attention several months ago. En route we discovered the Oakwood Cemetery in Gainesville and an obscure family cemetery in Whitesboro. Enjoy.
For those who haven’t discovered my Cemeteries website, NecropolisCreep.net, it’s a pet project I’ve had for a few years now, to ‘collect’ and preserve these resting places for our ancestors in a digital format. Many images are creatively manipulated for effect, yet many are left as-is, depending on how I perceived the area at the time. In our travels around Texas (and the world) I have been fortunate enough to discover some gems of local necropoli which I have preserved for your enjoyment and edification.
The most recent addition is Bethel Cemetery in Frisco, Texas. It’s been ‘on my list’ for months and just recently I had the opportunity to examine it in detail for several hours, making a second trip on a day when we had especially attractive clouds to enhance the imagery. One of the features I find interesting about Bethel is the linear rows of monuments, unusual in this part of the world for Settler Cemeteries, most of which seem to exhibit a ‘random order’ to their organization.
This is the first project utilizing my LensBaby selective-focus lens, which allows me to create a unique perspective in my composition. It’s an unusual effect, which I feel enhanced this particular topic.
I’ve seen some just plain stupid decision-making when it comes to news stories, but I was astounded by the news story running last night and today on the Dallas / Fort Worth NBC affiliate regarding the latest rash of home robberies in the Denton County area.
It seems the criminals have taken to cutting the phone lines and power lines to residences prior to breaking in and burglarizing these homes in a certain geographic area. In itself it is not particulary foolish journalism to mention this. However, having a reporter standing next to a house and pointing out the proximity of the telephone box and the electric meter, then pointing out the precise wire that a criminal needs to cut in order to render the alarm system incapable of contacting the police – is just plain irresponsible! This is one of the stupidest stunts I’ve seen in years. NBC should be ashamed – and held responsible for any break-ins where their well-documented method is employed.
- Install exterior video surveillance with a recorder
- Install a cell phone module for your alarm system to call the monitoring station if the land line is cut.
- Send NBC the bill if you suffer the consequences of their reporting.
Shame on you, NBC.