The Titled and Numbered Graveyard Film Stills

An ode to Cindy Sherman and her Untitled Film Stills… yet my stills were taken on a drive home from Tignall, Georgia…

My family and I found ourselves pulling over to stop at a graveyard. I stared out at the cleared landscape. I stared at the headstones. I stared at the beauty. I stared back at a haunting presence.

I found myself wondering who these people were and what their lives were like. My children stared out the window. At the beauty of it all. The nature, the plants, the flowers, the trees, the stones, the sunlight…

An eerie rhythm of life and death pulsated through my veins. I felt grateful to be alive as my eyes focused intensely on an unmarked and bodiless gravesite; reserved for a couple. And then I thought to myself, I hope that couple doesn’t divorce before they lay their bodies to rest here.

The moment soon passed, leaving us with only memories of a time and place; simultaneously a vacation from and location of reality. And thus, I shot these photographs to remind myself of a thoughtful, yet unwritten, film that played out in my thoughts, while I “watched the wheels go round and round” (John Lennon); observing my children and this graveyard…Β 

Film Still #1 (A Bodiless Grave Site, Reserved for a Couple). Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches.

Film Still #2 (Are There Skeletons in There? If You Sit on a Volcano, You Will Have a Skeleton Booty). Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

Film Still #3 (Cohesive and Alive). Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

Film Still #4 (Little Hands Rest on Print that Can’t Be Yet Read). Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

Film Still #5 (A Couple Rests in Peace). Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

Film Still #6 (A Handsome Three Year Old Look). Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

Film Still #7 (A Beautiful, Almost-Two-Year-Old Smile). Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches.

Film Still #8 (Gentle, Three-Year-Old Hands). Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches.

Film Still #9 (Living and Understandingly Curious Eyelashes). Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

Film Still #10 (Scattered Petals and Leaves). Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

Film Still #11 (The Uncertain Glance). Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.Β 

Film Still #12 (The Fleeting Graveyard). Polly Nane. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

Film Still #13 (A Plastic Flower Rests Assuredly Beside Things That Decompose). Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

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Peace, love until my next bloggy-blog post, dear fellow blog readin’ friends of mine. πŸ™‚

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35 thoughts on “The Titled and Numbered Graveyard Film Stills

  1. Beautiful….I’ve always liked the beauty and peacefulness of cemeteries. Am going through photos I took this weekend and will have a post soon!

    • Thank you so much! Haha I wouldn’t say they were “angels” but they surprisingly weren’t that fussy. We entertained them by making random stops such as this one. Thanks for your comment and continued support!

    • Thank you so much! I really really appreciate it! I’m so glad you find these photographs inspiring. That makes me very happy. Cemeteries are cool places… not sure I’d go there at night… but then again, that might make for an interesting blog post. Ha thank you for stopping by!

  2. I loved your pictures. πŸ™‚

    My favorite ones are – Living and Understandingly Curious Eyelashes, Scattered Petals and Leaves and the one below that. Loved the tag lines. And the B&W looks so pretty. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you like the scattered petals one… one of my favorites because I found that spot when I randomly turned a corner, while walking around. I loved how the petals were piled on top of each other… pronouncing the cycle of life when is exactly what a graveyard does… reminds you of the process of life. Thank you again for your feedback and comments and continued support! I really appreciate it! πŸ™‚

  3. Kids and graveyards, always and interesting combination. I love how you approached the whole subject with your camera. Some beautiful pictures you made! The fleeting graveyard is a fantastic image.

    • Thanks so much! You are so right about the kids and graveyards… strange combination, but a part of life nonetheless. I wish the Fleeting Graveyard photo had turned out a little less harsh looking and softer, but it still is pretty cool I think. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed that one. Thank you again for your thoughtful feedback πŸ™‚

  4. Another post in the same vein, Polly, and I think this one wonderful too – profound words and excellent mono pictures – you’re on a roll! Have you found yourself, if only a bit, here? Adrian

    • Thank you! I really really appreciate your comments! Ha, yes I have found myself… Been photographing rugs for two months so I have felt the need to create finally! And… I felt like writing poetry for a change… If you can call it that… More like free verse. Anyways, your comments have made me so happy. Thank you for your continuous support and encouragement. πŸ™‚

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