Monday, 16 May 2011

Botany Cemetery - Statuary


Botany Cemetery is dominated by fresh-air and sunlight. It is open and it is expansive, not in the least maudlin and dark.


As befits the Australian self-concept, I found it to be an egalitarian graveyard. There are maybe half a dozen mausoleum(s), but mostly graves are unpretensious. It goes without saying, therefore, that the statuary is not of a personal nature. It is of this ethereal, heavenly bent. Unlike somewhere like Pere LaChaise which is replete with representations meant to aggrandise the individual.


All four photos were taken on the same day. The deep blue were facing to the south, the grey was facing to the north - towards the city.

14 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

It is a great looking and beautiful place. I remember walking by it and going in many times.

Kay L. Davies said...

What a beautiful spot, Julie. I love the second photo with the deep blue sky, and the last one with a view of the beach!
Luv — K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

*Honest Abe said...

Very nice photography...

Thérèse said...

And we all need angels in our lives... Your first picture looks very comforting and peaceful.

brattcat said...

each of these takes us on a different but divine little voyage.

Christina Klas said...

These photos are beautiful to be sure. Your post from yesterday - the teddybear makes me so sad!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

All I can add is to "look towards the blue." What a blue it is and the contrast with the statuary makes it seem like a painting. Love the shot down the hill towards the water.

Bises,
Genie

Dianne said...

I can feel a sense of the place Julie just by looking at your photos - solitary but peaceful!
Love the last pic.

wanderer said...

Julie, did you include those excruciatingly ugly signs just to remind us of where we live, a city blighted by unsubtle 'oversignage' ?

Virginia said...

The last shot reminds me of a little cemetery in a small town in France with the farmland/vinyards in the background. The top angel is stunning.
V

Joe said...

So many angels, so fond the memories.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Hi JUlie, when I come to Sydney in June, I will visit Botany Cemetery, just as I did Pere le Chaise, I hope it doesn't sound macabre but I think cemeteries are sad but beautiful places.
Take care
Grace

Rachel said...

Oh, man! I love me a good cemetery! That is so neat how you got two different sky colors by just shooting in two different directions! - We were on a trip recently and planned it so that we could stop and have a picnic in our favorite cemetery. I can't get enough of angel statuary and the children's graves always make me cry.

IWASNTBLOGGEDYESTERDAY said...

It's a lovely old cemetery.lovely photos.