I miss the painting of that man by mere feet and inches when I walk home from work. I'll make a point of stopping and looking at it next time!
Yes, it's right around the corner from your daily commute. (Also, it's a Banksy. ;-D)
i really want to go to highgate to find my great great grandfather, but something tells me it will make me cry.
Do you have a general idea where he's buried there, or a plot number? I ask because it's so overgrown and cluttered in places that it's hard to make out the stones.
Aw. If you cry, it's unlikely there'll be anybody to hear you but the finches and the ivy, and they don't judge.
I'm thrilled to be able to shock Texans from several thousand miles away. ;-D
Those are wonderful! I haven't been out to take photos for AGES! Must do that as soon as the weather improves a little
Thank you. Hehe, but the best times are usually when no one else is about, e.g. when the weather is crap, or very early in the morning, or both.
Mmmmmmmmmmmm. I love the light on the one middle and all the way to the right.
Little fact that makes me happy: the one in the middle was the first photo I took. The one on the right - I assume you're talking about the celtic cross? - I thought about putting on the polarizing filter to cut down the glare, but then I realized I liked the glare. Hee.
HA. I was telling imyril
today that the last time I went to Highgate, it was with omniana
, and it was the coldest day of the year. Yesterday, it was also rather nippy. Highgate is quite exposed, and the wind blowing through the cemetery chilled ripperlyn
and me to the bone. We braved it for two hours. Then we declared defeat and went to the pub.
I love the bottom left pic. I think Highgate Cemetery would be awsome for spooky washed-out colour pics is the lushness of spring, I've been meaning to go with my camera for a while, but never quite get there.
Hm, you have a good point. I've never been there in the spring, only in winter. Maybe I'll try to make seasonal trips this year. I also haven't been organized enough to book in with a tour to see the other side of the cemetery, where Michael Faraday is buried. You aren't allowed to walk through it without a guide. Oh, and it costs money, as a warning. Two quid to see the eastern cemetery and one quid per camera. Five quid for the guided tour of the western cemetery, no extra camera charge.
nanila, you're the shite!
seriously, you've got a really great eye.
Thank you. I'm learning. Slowly.
WAIT!!! I was there on Sunday. Well not IN the cemetery, but walking in the park close by and then we walked along the fence and peeked in.
Heh, we were there on Thursday. You were in Waterlow Park, right? It's lovely there, too.
Have you ever heard of the Highgate vampire? I just keep remembering an entry in the Vampire Book about it every time I hear about Highgate Cemetary.
Yes, I have, and I think you were the one who told me about it, actually, when I posted photos from my trip in December 2004. The London Encyclopaedia, while it contains a lengthy entry pertaining to Highgate, doesn't mention that vampire legend, though the internet is of course much more accommodating when it comes to seeking information on the subject. ;)
2006-01-28 07:11 (UTC)
The dense, stone-lined forest and the flowers resonate with me the most, though I also really like the composition of the one with the cross silhouetted against trees and sky, dig the hitchhiker, and can't help but smile at the shot balancing a smiling friend against a lonely-looking man. If you have a high-pixel-count original of the shot of the stonelined path, could I intice you to let me trouble you for it in order to try printing an archival 8 x 10? I'd love to hang that, and would of course delete the file once I printed it.
The original is 3264x2448 at 314 dpi, JPEG format. Of course I don't mind mailing it to you. I'm honored that you would like to hang it up. I must warn you, however, that Highgate Cemetery is quite strict about photographs that are shot there, so it must only be for your personal, private use. ;-) Shall I send it to your taische address?
You have a great eye for the angels! My favorite one close up is the bottom left one, with the wonderful contrast on the bare trunks, but from far away I really like the two crosses. And I'm loving the Banksy. Interesting point by qb1kenobe. I really like the starkness of these winter photos, but now I'm really curious of what your pictures will look like in the spring. At least no frozen fingers and malfunctioning cameras!
It's interesting how some photos look great at low res, but less interesting at high. Probably the most frustrating situation, though, is taking photos that are awe-inspiring because of the level of detail at high res and trying to shrink them down for web display. Like the crowd shots I took at Camden Market that one time. The effect was totally lost when the individual faces, which you could see from quite far away, became indistinguishable blurs of pixels.
2006-01-30 01:56 (UTC)
That angel in the center square looks like it's supposed to be doing something, but I can't quite figure out what.
(Hi. I'm drunk.) :-D
I like the cross (1st pic in second row) because it reminds me of one of the sets for Dark Shadows! Silly but true.
Just a note - some of your pics come out very dark for me... is it supposed to be like that or are my monitor settings set for moleman?
Some of them are a little dark. I know I tend towards underexposure. It's easier to correct for dark patches than for blown highlights in Photoshop. But I find that I need to use my laptop's LCD screen to view my images at the proper contrast. Our other LCD monitor often shows blacked-out groups of pixels where there's actually subtle variation. So I can't say for sure.