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Cemetery - Bartow, Maryland | by photo_secessionist
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Cemetery - Bartow, Maryland

This place where I live has changed drastically over the last few generations. From rural to nearly suburban; from a commonality of low incomes to an increasingly sharply divided "have-and-have-not" society. This cemetery, where no church remains, but a loving group of families continue to lay their loved ones to rest among their ancestors, is a reminder of what was, of how life - and death - once was experienced among the majority of people in southern Maryland. Often there were choices to be made, hard one like whether to pay a mortgage, or repair the barn or to pay for the carving of a proper headstone. In that agricultural society, the choices were mostly practical... graves could wait, or were left with a simple cinder block to mark them. This cemetery is full of such markers and the dead are known only to those among the living, relatives mostly, who still come to tend the grass or to leave tokens of love and respect. But in the end, what more is needed... or desired?


Pentax ME Super

Soligor f3.5-4.5 28-80mm Zoom Macro lens

Ilford FP4+

Adonal (1:50 solution, 9 min. @ 20C)

digitally scanned from negative

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Taken on May 25, 2012