Dying Among The Dead by Luke Griffin

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Forgotten flowers lay dying on the cold slate stones in the Cemetery of San Michele, Venice.

San Michele is an island in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. Originally a prison island, Napoleon’s occupying forces decreed that Venetians could not bury their deceased on any of the main Venetians islands, but only on San Michele. It is associated with the sestiere of Cannaregio, from which it lies a short distance north east.

Along with neighbouring San Cristoforo della Pace, the island was a popular place for local travellers and fishermen to land. Mauro Codussi’s Chiesa di San Michele in Isola of 1469, the first Renaissance church in Venice, and a monastery lie on the island.

San Cristoforo was selected to become a cemetery in 1807, designed by Gian Antonio Selva, when under French occupation it was decreed that burial on the mainland was unsanitary. The canal that separated the two islands was filled in during 1836, and subsequently the larger island became known as San Michele. Bodies were carried to the island on special funeral gondolas, including Igor Stravinsky, Joseph Brodsky, Jean Schlumberger, Sergei Diaghilev, Ezra Pound, Luigi Nono, Franco Basaglia and Zoran Mušič. Other attractions include the Cappella Emiliana chapel. The cemetery is still in use today.

*Photograph taken with iphone 4, handheld. HDR created from single image exposures adjusted in CS4 (-2,0,+2), tonemapped in Photomatix. Final processing in PS CS4.

Image added on 22nd of June, 2011

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Originally hailing from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Luke’s work uniquely reflects his life-long love of the outdoors and his keen interest in portraiture. Having recently returned from 4.5 years living and travelling abroad, his portfolio presents an intriguing variety of images that will delight any viewer.

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  • Geoffrey Dunn
    Geoffrey Dunnover 3 years ago

    Poignant. Love the low POV.

  • Thanks very much Geoff.

    – Luke Griffin

  • kellbellrauch
    kellbellrauchover 3 years ago

    Pure sweetness! Absolutely love it ☺

  • Thanks Kelly. Much appreciated. ;-)

    – Luke Griffin

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 3 years ago

    Lovely idea

  • Cheers Bobby.
    It was shot totally ‘as is’. We were finished out walk around the cemetery and I’d even packed the camera away (which is why it was shot on my phone) when we walked around the corner and these beautiful flowers caught my eye. The poignancy that Geoff mentions is what struck me, and I knew I had to take the photo.
    Thanks again mate.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 3 years ago

    Your work made me so emotonal my friend
    I am so Emotional man

  • Wow, thanks Bobby.

    – Luke Griffin

  • kellbellrauch
    kellbellrauchover 3 years ago

    You shot this on your phone?! Oh my, I only wish my camera on my phone shot such vividly detailed photos like this! So much mood captured here, I’ll say it again, truly magnificent eye you have my friend!

  • Humbled. Thank you Kelly.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Andrew (ark photograhy art)
    Andrew (ark ph...over 3 years ago

    Wow, awesome work mate.

  • Thanks man.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 3 years ago

    I agree with Geoffrey…Poignant!

  • Definitely.
    Many thanks Carol.

    – Luke Griffin

  • kellbellrauch
    kellbellrauchover 3 years ago

  • Thanks Kelly! Very much appreciated!!

    – Luke Griffin

  • laruecherie
    laruecherieover 3 years ago

  • Many thanks Laruecherie!!

    – Luke Griffin

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Many CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, lovely work.

  • Thanks very much Andrea. Love the Hometown group, one of my favourites. ;-)

    – Luke Griffin

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