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I am, by profession, a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. I suppose it is the scientist in me that created this obsession I have with graveyards. I can't seem to stay away from them and living in North Carolina has just added to my addiction. |
There are so many small family graveyards...some in great shape, with caretakers that care deeply for those who have left this earth. Most however are in terrible disrepair: forgotten, hidden, overgrown, and abandoned. Every time I come across an abandoned graveyard, I can't help but think about the inhabitants...who were they, what did they die of, where are they now, what about those they left behind--where are the family members who should be tending to them? Preserving the memories? Protecting the history?
Since I have no way to find the answer to those questions, I began attempting to preserve the history myself...through pictures and logs. There is something...meaningful...fulfilling about preserving history through pictures. I feel as though I am contributing to something that will out last myself. I don't know if any one will visit these graves I record after I am gone, but I do know the pictures will live on. Keeping forever, an accurate record of where, who and when...which gives me a sense of purpose...and respectfully remembers those who came before us!