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Grafton Bridge and Cemetary

Tombstones are one of the biggest clichés in all of amateur photography. That’s why I stayed away from photographing tombstones (I’ve allowed tombstones to get into images, but they’re not the focus). The cemetary is in a heart-breaking state of disrepair. Most of the tombstones are no longerstanding. Security guards patrol the cemetary at regular intervals, but have proved largely inneffective at preventing vandalism. In October 2012 more than 20 of the headstones were sprayed with anti-Semetic graffiti and swastikas. Furthermore, there are 1200 known graves, but an estimated 10,000 bodies are interned there . In other words, the vast majority of bodies under the bridge are in unmarked graves. The bridge over the cemetary, on the other hand, is in rude health. Built in 1919, it had the biggest arch bridge span at the time. A mesh barrier was installed in 1956 to prevent people from falling to their death from the bridge. The barrier was removed in 1997; fourteen people committed suicide from the bridge before a glass barrier was installed in 2002.

What’s the point of writing your own brief if you can’t break the rules: one picture with the focus on a tombstone. The bridge was built in such a way that only eight graves were moved. It looks as if one of the grages that was moved, had its marker fixed to the buttress, about ten feet off the ground.

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Grafton Bridge and Cemetary  

A Photo Essay on Grafton Bridge and Cemetary