Friday Photo 8: Robbers Grave
Old cemeteries, and gravestones in particular, have always held a bit of fascination in me. If you’re ever in New Orleans, be sure to make time for a cemetery tour there. A little closer to home though, the graveyard in Pilgrim’s Rest, Mpumalanga has a fair number of interesting graves and headstones. Most of the graves date around the late 1800’s when gold was found in the area.
One grave in particular stands out – it is the only grave facing in a different direction to all the others. This is the grave of an unnamed robber that was caught stealing. He was convicted of tent robbing on the diggings and subsequently banished from the town. A few days after his trial, the thief was spotted on the hill overlooking the town. Now known as Cemetery Hill, this is where the robber was shot, killed and buried. His grave was placed north-south to brand him a thief forever. All the other graves in the cemetery are oriented east-west.
Post processing was done in Photoshop to try to get a sort of Lomo-type effect to the otherwise fairly plain and boring picture. I think the blurring, contrast changes and colour effects give it a lot more interest.
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“Robbers Grave Lomofied” © Greg Pillhofer, 2009
Original Capture 02/10/09 – Cemetery Hill, Pilgrim’s Rest, South Africa
Canon EOS350D | f/8| 1/125 sec | ISO400 | 55mm | No flash