Monday, November 27, 2006

Abney Angel

Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London.
August 3, 2005.

This photo is for my brother Michael, because it's one of his favorites.

Abney Park Cemetery is one of seven amazing Victorian garden cemeteries known as the Magnificent Seven. It is one of my favorite places in Stoke Newington, and even London for that matter. It's charm is enhanced, not hindered, by the fact that it is far from pristine, but grown over with plant life and marked with the decay of time. Unfortunately, there are those irreverent types that scar it's beauty with their shameful graffiti and irresponsible litter. Nonetheless, there is spirit and grace in Abney that is timeless and undeniable. It's one that makes you feel as if it was always meant to be seen as it is today, steeped in nature and seemingly existing on its own accord.

Those of you who know me have probably at one point or another made a joke about the fact that I like to frequent cemeteries. I can't deny that. It's partly for interesting photo opportunities and partly for the general tranquility that I tend to find in them. "Morbid Mary the cemetery fairy" is how Dan put it after I brought him to Abney when we first met. Not morbid, so much, but I could be called worse.


  1. well thank you!! yes, I do like this photo and was going to ask you for more of these anyway, you've sent me three so far but I'll need more so that we'll have plenty to choose from .. whenever you can.. thanks.. I'll elaborate on hotmail..

  2. odd..I like cemetaries too.. I wonder if it runs in the family..

  3. cemeteries that is..
    cememteries..cementaries..cementerries.. cement berries.. cemememinems...