Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

As a person who proactively avoids all things scary, spooky, dark, or terrifying, this week’s theme was a true challenge to me. I had to go out and find something spine-tingling to photograph, but I didn’t want to take on anything that would creep me out too much.

I mean, real life is frightening enough, isn’t it?

I decided to meander through an abandoned graveyard that I often pass by in my day-to-day duties.  The cemetery is not kept up, and always has an overgrown, wild look to it.  It’s obvious that some of the graves are old, and it had quite a few stone sarcophagi sitting, opened, around the grounds. *shiver*


I tried to keep the shots black and white, but this picture lost the depth of the decomposing synthetic roses with the wild vine growing through them in B&W.


The opened sarcophagi did not disappoint, and I could not help imagining how the remains were removed from each them.  (I am assuming it had been done cemetery-wide, at some point, as a public health measure.)  Still, it is downright eerie to peer into an open grave.


I went a bit overboard on the shots, so here’s a slideshow of the rest of my trip through the abandoned graves…

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It was hard to do these in black and white, as the trunks of the trees and the weathered headstones tended to have the same tones.  I wanted to photograph as much of the overgrown ground as possible, to highlight the air of neglect.  But, I realized as soon as I got back in my car that I had missed some opportunities to take some uniquely angled shots.

Well, I know that cemetery isn’t going anywhere.


5 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

    • I agree. What makes it even sadder is that they were buried when they had family around to care for them, and now, no one must be left.

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