Cities of the dead

Immortelle.net is a nicely done site that offers virtual tours of the grand, beautiful cemeteries of New Orleans. I can't imagine what state they must be in now, but they are preserved here forever. You can browse a series of images for each cemetery, or view one of the four virtual 3d panoramas. I've posted this link before, but it's worth repeating.

You can also take a virtual tour of Paris's famed Père Lachaise cemetery. There is a panoramic walkthrough, as well as a map with famous graves marked out, where you can view individual images. The one below is the grave of Chopin.

Then there's my real reason for posting. After Life: The Four Seasons of Streatham Cemetery, a lush multimedia composition by photographer Jonathan Clark. Over the course of a year, he photographed a number of already striking, brilliantly composed scenes of one cemetery. Then, he grouped them into four series by season, and added atmospheric background music, sound effects, and and one or two digital elements to create eerie light effects, motion, or ambient weather. Snow drifts softly down, birds fly by, grasses wave in the wind. The effect is stunning.

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