About a week ago I had a rare morning off and decided to seek some inspiration by photographing historical architecture in Atlanta. I wasn't looking for the typical, well-known buildings, but something more unusual. A friend had told me about the fascinating Westview Cemetery. It sounded like an interesting place to explore, and a great chance to try out a new lens I had just purchased.
I wasn't disappointed. The entire cemetery exudes a curious combination of quiet peacefulness and unnerving eeriness. Unfortunately, I only had time to focus on the Abbey and Mausoleum, and, as is usual on these kinds of shoots, I wished I could have spent more time there than I did.
I didn't take my tripod or flashes, since I doubted the caretakers would appreciate me lugging all kinds of professional camera gear around. Without my tripod and other gear, I knew photographing it would be a challenge, but I was excited to have the opportunity.
As with most personal projects I explore, I would like to go back for round 2, perhaps during a different time of day, maybe even with different lenses. It inspires and encourages me to visit historical architecture and learn about the past. This trip, and others like it, allows me to relax and experiment with my technique and equipment; but best of all, I get to simply stand in awe of the art, dedication, and hard work that goes into what another artist has created.