Thursday, June 28, 2012

Road Trip, USA Part 7: New Orleans Cemetery

SI love death and dead people.  I love skeletons, cemeteries, and the rituals and stories surrounding what happens when we die.  It's been a life-long interest that began with whimsical Halloween decorations, cartoons like this one:  Skeleton Symphony (my favorite part starts a 2 minutes 40 seconds), and exposure to Natural History Museum Emergence of Man at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C.

The result of this fascination is a compulsion to visit interesting cemeteries.  In New Orleans, bodies cannot be buried in the ground due to the water table saturation, so they aren't.  Instead mausoleums are constructed like this lovely example.

I am always stuck behind barriers.  Walls, fences, age...

Unfortunately, it was locked and shut when I arrived due to the late hour, so I was regulated to photographing through the gates.

Example of stacking above ground.

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