There are so many images of cemeteries in New Orleans. I needed to try something different, colorful even. While touring through St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, around the bend from Marie Laveau’s crypt a man was painting a rose he left at a relative’s crypt.
There was something special here. I felt as though I was spying on an emotional moment between this man and whomever was buried in the crypt. The colors were chaotic, vibrant and alive – in perfect contrast to where we were. I quietly asked to take a photo and he was happy to let me. I still remember the look in his eyes – oddly vacant and present.
The gallery image was printed on 8″x10″ photography canvas and is $95 at the event.
- Title: Cemetery Rose
- Copyright: ©2013 John P. Hoke
- Camera: NIKON D7000
- Focal length: 105mm
- Aperture: ƒ/8
- ISO: 200
- Shutter speed: 1/250s