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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Taphophile Tragics - Winged Heads, Skulls, Crossbones

Taphophilia is a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries. The singular term is a taphophile.

All photographs taken at Holy Trinity Churchyard, Cookham Berkshire.

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  1. the closed eyes of the first ones look a little creepy, somehow.

  2. I wonder if the same monumental mason was responsible for most of these? They suit black & white, but the one with the coloured lichens is just beautiful.

  3. I'm glad you showed more cherubs than skulls; I find the latter creepy, just not my cuppa tea. I like the monochromes, Nicola, but like Deb, I particularly liked the shot with the orange lichen.

  4. Love the lichens on those beautiful faces!

  5. I particularly liked the closeup in the third shot. Such delicacy around the hair line. Such a skilled stone mason.

    I wonder how many of these were markers for young people. Somehow that is what I came away with. I love looking at the skills of these artisans. A skill which is nowadays rare, and machine driven.

    The orange lichen is very attractive, too.

  6. Me too, the orange lichen makes the shot interesting.


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