in the boneyard


I was on a mission to shoot a couple of other subjects in Provincetown, but because it was a gray, windy, foggy, cool, somewhat drizzly morning, I thought it would be an opportune time to spend an hour in the cemetery.

It also proved convenient that a friend was visiting a resident of the assisted living facility in town. The assisted living facility is located across the street (Alden) and beside the graveyards. (Yes, you read that correctly.) One car, two keys, and I had shelter from any sudden downpours.

I decided to play around with using a Canon digital SLR with an available pinhole body cap (actually for an old Pentax) held over the body in place of the lens. There were the inevitable goof ups and light links, possibly a stray finger, and movement aplenty, but the point was to just shoot down and dirty and quick and get a soft look with some ghosting effects. I decided not to worry about the many dust critters that were also revealed as I felt they added a little "je ne sais pas quoi".

This was definitely easier than carting around the homemade pinhole "one shot" cameras I made while taking a class at the FAWC (Fine Arts Work Center) some years back. I could more easily adjust the exposure time and determine if I had captured what I had meant to by checking out the LCD display on the back after I took the shot.

I shot them in color. For this blog, I decided to make only the following adjustments in Photoshop: a black and white adjustment layer for all three, and I brought back the color in the beads around Mabel's headstone. Other than that, I decided to just keep the pics "as shot" - no extra processing.

headstones in a line
cemetery path