Return To Laurel Hill

I’m not sure what it is about old cemeteries that fascinate me–the mausoleums that are monuments to historic excess, the sculpture, the peacefulness or just the difference between the sterileness of the flat markers found in the modern cemeteries of today.  I’ve never been a “visit dead relatives at the cemetery” kind of girl, nor do I particularly have any desire to be interred in one (I’m more of a “cremate and sprinkle in pretty location” kind of girl).  But, fascinate me they do.  I’ve walked the stately roads of  Père LaChaise Cemetery in Paris among those paying homage to Mozart and Jim Morrison.  I’ve spent a sultry afternoon walking under the moss draped trees at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah with a camera to capture its unique and spooky southern charm.  And on Friday night, I made a return pilgrimage to Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia for their Lunar Stroll.

The group of photographers gathered just as the sun started to set.  While I waited for the group together I wandered impatiently among some of the graves near the entrance.

Laurel HIll Cemetery - Philadelphia July 2014 (Kim Day)

Headstone Row Laurel Hill Cemetery - Philadelphia July 2014 (Kim Day)

On my last trip, I focused primarily on the wealthy long dead in Millionaire’s row.  On this evening, as the sun dropped below the horizon, I chose to wander through the area of the cemetery filled with obelisks and statuary.  The cemetery plots were cloaked in a soft blue light, mixing with the faint echos of sunset pink.

Blue Hour At Laurel Hill Cemetary Philadephia, PA July 2014 (Kim Day)

Twilight At Laurel Hill Philadelphia, PA July 2014 (Kim Day)

As the blue deepened into night, the sky grew darker and picked up the reddish hue from sodium lights dotting the Philly skyline, bathing Laurel Hill in a eerie light.

Tilted Monuments Laurel Hill Cemetery - Philadelphia July 2014 (Kim Day)

Monument Sentries Laurel Hill Cemetry - Philadelphia July 2014 (Kim Day)

I wrapped up the night’s shooting with a long exposure of the Ford Road Bridge with its arcing colorful lights.

Ford Road Bridge over the Skuykill River From Laurel Hill Cemetery - Philadelphia July 2014 (Kim Day)

One Response to “Return To Laurel Hill”

  1. mia says:

    Great photos!