On Sunday I stopped by a cleanup event at the Brixton Cemetery, hosted by the Friends of Johannesburg Cemeteries. The volunteer group regularly organizes cleanups at different cemeteries around the city, picking up rubbish and restoring the older headstones.
The light was really harsh on Sunday morning so I couldn’t visually capture the cleanup event as nicely as I would have liked. (Please check out my Brixton Cemetery photos from 2013, taken on a rainy, misty afternoon, for some more atmospheric shots.) But I spent quite a bit of time walking around, reading the headstones and making up stories about the people buried beneath them. I’d forgotten how cemeteries make me think.
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Great photos considering the harsh light.
There is some impressive sculpture there, and in other cemeteries, if copyist – cemeteries – 4 ees, who knew! 🙂
Death inspires creativity, I think.
I salute the volunteers, and thank you for making their work more widely known. Your photos were great.. harsh light adding to the sense of drama.
That organ headstone is extraordinary.
Right? I wish I’d gone back afterward to photograph it after she finished.
love this post. thank you
Thank you for the fabulous photography which made me feel part of the celebrations. I lived in the RSA for nearly 20 years and still miss the people and the vibe! Heather
Thanks so much, Heather 🙂