A day with the dead… Shooting at Historic Oakland Cemetery (part one)
I was lucky to spend the day yesterday shooting with some good friends & fellow photographers at the Historic Oakland Cemetery in downtown Atlanta. It was a beautiful, albeit somewhat hot (90 degrees), bright sunny day; great blue skies and puffy white clouds abounded. There are some great folks buried at this cemetery; Margaret Mitchell (author of Gone with the Wind), Bobby Jones (golfer, designer of Augusta), and Maynard Jackson (first African-American Atlanta mayor) among others. There are also large sections dedicated to “Our Confederate Dead” and a “slave square”.
I’d never been to Oakland before so I had no idea what to expect (other than the obvious) – nor did I have a sense for how truly huge the place is. Overall, and not including 90 minutes or so for lunch, we were there for a little over 4 hours . Funny, doing the math now, it feels like we were there for so much longer. There’s so much to see and read and ponder and capture.
Here are just a few of my favourites from the day. I’ll be doing a 2nd post on this site that covers the few spectacular statues that are within the cemetery.