Photo Essay

Passages of life and death

Praying girl

When I was a child I remember exploring the grounds of some of the old missions in San Antonio, Tx. I was always fascinated by the beautiful old church's. They always seemed like these beautiful peaceful places where I could just sit and listen to the silence. It was as if I discovered a passage into these wonderful holy places. For many, these church's were and are the passage of life.

Cemeteries on the other hand represent a passage to death. There are so many beautiful cemeteries filled with people that have left us so much history. Death ends at a cemetery but for many it is another passage to a greater life.

I photograph these old church's and cemeteries because I find beauty in them. A kind of quiet peacefulness that I can't find anywhere else. I choose to process them in black and white or sepia toned because I feel it compliments the subject.

I still visit the old missions of San Antonio and have collected some wonderful shots of cemeteries from many different locations. Some of my favorites are in New Orleans and I've discovered a new one close to me here in east Texas named Scottsville cemetery. The Scottsville cemetery is a lovely little cemetery with some historical people. You can find more information about it on the web.

I hope you enjoy some of these little jewels of mine. I'm glad I could share them with you.

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4 responses

  • Eric Ianuzi

    Eric Ianuzi (Deleted) gave props (28 Jun 2011):

    beautiful series of images

  • Marcus Carrillo

    Marcus Carrillo said (29 Jun 2011):

    Thanks Eric. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

  • Roland Hernandez

    Roland Hernandez said (30 Jun 2011):

    I have the pleasure to say that this artist is my Best of friends. His work is magnificent, the tones are gorgeous and the series of photographs is just magnificent. Great work Marcus.

  • Marcus Carrillo

    Marcus Carrillo said (30 Jun 2011):

    Thanks Roland, I appreciate your comment buddy. It means a lot to me.

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