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Digital Infrared in Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

There is something mystical about the large cemeteries in Europe. There is so much history buried there from famous composers and political figures to movies stars and rock stars. Père Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Paris and is the resting place of  over a million people including Chopin, Rossini, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Marcel Marceau and Sarah Bernhardt. As you can imagine, if you’re a photographer, there is no way you can cover it in one afternoon (which was all the time I had during my first visit there). I look forward to spending more time there during my trip to Paris next month.

I tend to shoot cemeteries in infrared mainly because of IR’s ability to highlight both the vegetation and the textures of the masonry and statuary. Here’s a few images from Père Lachaise I took last year.

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  • Maw
    October 27, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Wonderful! As you know, I share your love of old cemeteries. These infrareds are fantastic.

  • Susan
    October 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    These are breathtaking!

  • michelle campbell
    October 29, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Hello, Carol, I’m a photographer from Austin now living in Paris.
    I did a big photo project on Pere Lachaise and I like these very much. Bravo!