Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh

I live not too far away from two local historic cemeteries and a short car ride from a third. Though I have always found them to be interesting, I always hesitated to make photographs walking through them.  I guess it always made me a bit uncomfortable because I wasn't sure if it was disrespectful in any way. Then a friend of mine (you know who you are) explained some things to me that convinced me that it really was OK as long as the photos were respectful.....maybe even a positive for those that have passed by bringing their existence to light again.

And so I gingerly started taking some photos.  Making photos in these cemeteries is something I would like to explore further. Below is the name of the East End Cemetery carved into a concrete entry.


Entrance Marker, East End Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA  ©Howard Grill


Will the person who rests here ever be remembered?

Forgotten Grave, Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA      © Howard Grill

It seems like there are images to be made, that while somewhat limited in scope, have the potential to be fairly emotional.  It is something I plan to explore and see what I can come up with.