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Titanic Cemetery
Titanic Cemetery

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Challenge: Sacred Places (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Date: Nov 9, 2003
Aperture: f 3.2
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1 / 480
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 9, 2003

Cemeteries have always been very sacred to me, a place to respect and honour those that were there before us and that have departed this world.

This photo is of the grave of Alma Paulson who was one of the 1513 victims of the Titanic sinking on April 15, 1912. This shot was taken at Fairview Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada where 121 victims of the Titanic disaster are buried. Most of the bodies that were buried at Fairview were crewmembers and Third Class passengers. There are a few Second Class passengers and one First Class Passenger. There are a further 19 victims buried at the Mt. Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery in Halifax.

I chose to take a picture of Ms. Paulsonís headstone since it also indicated that her four children also perished in the sinking. Her youngest child, Gösta, was initially unidentified at time of burial. By sheer coincidence, mother and son have come to rest only a few feet apart from each other. Little Gösta's grave marker lies just behind his mother's headstone. At the time they were placed, Gösta was only known as the "unknown child."

If you would like to learn more about the Titanic graves in Halifax, Nova Scotia, visit //my.execpc.com/~reva/html3.htm and //my.execpc.com/~reva/html3b.htm

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/16/2003 09:24:09 PM
This is a lovely shot, the black and white works very well for this, the angle is also well done, the way the headstones lead down through the shot is very well done. The overall shot seems a bit dull though, maybe just a touch more contrack to make it pop a little more? Just a touch. I started this at a 6 but am going to an 8
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11/16/2003 10:58:11 AM
beautiful shot! ~10
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11/15/2003 06:21:04 AM
How very sad this feels. Black and white is perfect for this, and I like the perspective of your shot.
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11/14/2003 10:20:07 PM
What really adds to this photo to me are the leaves on the ground, which give a lovely texture and evokes things that are not square like the stones...I'm still thinking about it but to me they are key to this image's success. Nice mood and tones, too. Well seen.
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11/12/2003 03:37:43 PM
Good composition, leads the eye through the frame. Shame there is no pay-off for following it back though. Feels like something is missing.
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11/11/2003 07:44:10 PM
wow best content i have seen !!!! I loved that movie/story great capture 10
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11/11/2003 03:14:17 PM
Good angle and shot. good tones.
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11/11/2003 08:42:23 AM
I like your picture a lot. Took the shot from a very interesting perspective and I like that you can actually read the first tombstone. The composition is great and I like that you did it in black and white. The fall leaves also make their own statement and add greatly to the shot. Well done. Out of curiosity -- where is this memorial?
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11/10/2003 09:53:00 PM
I like the curve of the path and the dusting of leaves, nice composition. It gives a sense of the imense loss, a somber place. Nice to be able to read the closest stone, we canextrapolate for the others, but it makes it more personal. 8
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11/10/2003 07:57:56 PM
nice perspective.
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11/10/2003 03:47:11 PM
The ground at the left of the photo makes this too untidy. Would have been better to crop it off. 4
11/10/2003 01:16:55 PM
Very wonderful. Love the b&w. 29 and four kids....yikes! Terrilbe loss of life. Good crop and light.
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11/10/2003 09:07:42 AM
Great subject and shades are nice.
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11/10/2003 03:21:58 AM
How very very sad :( Have never seen one of these. Nicely taken photo, I like the way the point of interest is over to one side.
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11/10/2003 01:20:50 AM
Interesting. Looks like Swedish names to me, where is this.
Oh, and a good photo as well! Like the composition a lot.
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