These trees are actually reflections in grave markers in a cemetery.  I have photographed the backs of the headstones and the images you see are reflected in the spotted marble.   I know I can do better with this, but I was excited by the idea when I saw these reflections and so just took the shots.  I’m eager to try again on another day.

36 responses

  1. Really interesting effect…… an incredibly heavy snowfall…..


    March 15, 2012 at 11:09 am

    • Thank you, Pam. It does look like snow. There is a lot of potential for some of these stones. I can’t wait to get back and try this again.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm

  2. Cool. Great idea. If you hadn’t said, I would have assumed a noise filter.

    March 15, 2012 at 11:18 am

    • My partner also said that it looked like I could have created this effect in photoshop or something (I don’t actually have photoshop…). It’s more fun to me to create the effect at the time of the shot. Your post today is spectacular!

      March 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm

  3. Photographers born with a kind of intuitive disposition (whether with
    genetic inheritance or subconscious imprint in baby-time, we yet know)
    tend to see something behind of [what we see there] and often attracted
    with reflection, as if it is a portal to a truth or the another world.
    Quite like a clairvoyant gaze into a crystal ball. —– So, I too, took a
    lots of double images on reflection, double exposure etc ——
    It seems, it is not just an obsession of a photographer as the other people
    who saw the photos often feel the same = one of the mythical aspect
    in the photography.

    March 15, 2012 at 11:39 am

    • Thank you so much for this thoughtful comment. There is, indeed, something fascinating about reflections.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm

  4. That’s a great effect. Really ghostly. Well spotted!

    March 15, 2012 at 11:45 am

  5. Nice effect – they’re like really time-worn prints. The play between the surface and the subject is really interesting and lends the images a nice “weight”.

    March 15, 2012 at 11:58 am

    • Thank you, Richard. I like your point about “weight.” I will keep this in mind when I go back to experiment with this a bit more.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm

  6. hehe i do that too whenever i am on a cemetery
    it has interesting effects. whenever the sky is really blue and sunny, the marble is almost like a mirror and then it is hard to tell how the pic was made.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    • Yes, some of the headstones were super shiny and mirror-like. I really liked the ones that were a bit rougher and more spotted. They added some more interesting texture to the image. You’re right, there are some very interesting effects. It will be fun to experiment with this some more. Thanks so much for your visit!

      March 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm

  7. You are a genius! Queen of the idea!

    March 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    • You’re very kind, Canon. The reflection just caught my eye and I followed it. 🙂

      March 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm

  8. What an interesting idea…and nicely done.

    March 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm

  9. Gorgeous—I look forward to more of these!

    March 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    • Thank you, skadu! I’m eager to get back to them. Stay tuned!

      March 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm

  10. Love them, pursue this!

    March 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    • I’m grateful for your encouragement, Lesley. I definitely will pursue this.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm

  11. Life reflected in death, these are fascinating and beautiful Lemony.

    March 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    • Karen, you’ve identified exactly what moved me about these images I saw in the headstones. It was an eerie and wonderful kind of feeling, actually, seeing these grand and lively trees reflected in these gravestones. Thank you for seeing.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

  12. Excellent display of what yet may come of a lively intuition, a little luck in realspace, and straight photography.

    March 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    • Thank you so much for your comment and visit! I’m encouraged by your feedback.

      March 17, 2012 at 12:35 am

  13. This is great, I would never have thought of looking on those stone. You always surprise me. 🙂

    March 15, 2012 at 7:06 pm

  14. These are excellent pictures, and go together very well as a set. I don’t believe that there is anything wrong about using photoshop to distort an image, or withdraw a certain aspect out of a photographic image. And likewise, I don’t think it that important whether you found this image reflected in a headstone, or whether you used some silverpaper with a little wax paper over it. Your work is that of an artist, and while there may be some piquant interest in following your methods, what makes the images art is what you see in your head, and your success in getting that vision on the paper. I enjoy your work very much, and am looking forward to seeing more of the experimentation that you plan along these lines.

    March 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    • Shimon, thank you so much for this comment: first for your encouraging words regarding my work (I’m very grateful for your support!), and second for offering your opinion regarding process. I agree with you entirely about what makes an image successful (and what matters and what doesn’t), and you have expressed the argument so beautifully. Thank you!

      March 17, 2012 at 12:31 am

  15. Steve Barnes

    Very interesting with the textures – these faint other-world reflections. Works nice!

    March 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm

  16. Very interesting Melanie!
    I wouldn’t have ever thought that they were reflected on grave markers; at first sight I thought you shot through the glass of a car.
    Nicely done!!

    March 15, 2012 at 10:27 pm

  17. Great result….be interesting to see how you develop the idea

    March 17, 2012 at 12:10 am

  18. ! wonderful – i am fascinated with this kind of ‘layered’ images – the faint colours, the noise, the angles you chose … they work so well together in opening up the dreamlike dimension of reality – well done !
    k – happily catching up after being down and out with the flue

    March 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    • Now I’m the one who is behind. Thanks for your thoughtful comment: I’m glad you like my experiment. I hope you’re feeling better now after the flu!

      March 20, 2012 at 3:04 am

  19. George Weaver

    These remind me of Pointelist paintings and also of etchings done in the same manner. They are really good. I’d like to see more of this.

    March 20, 2012 at 7:06 am

  20. Wow…well-spotted and creative. Lovely, unusual images. The fact that these are grave markers adds a certain poetry I think. 🙂

    March 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    • Thanks, Caryn! I still haven’t had a chance to go back to this same spot, but I’m eager to do it when I have some time. Thank you for your encouragement.

      March 31, 2012 at 12:37 am

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