Focus on Architecture: Story Behind the Photo

This week’s Focus on Architecture feature photo was taken by Trish Mayo at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn and was selected as a winner in the Exteriors category. The judges liked the use of black and white and the sharp contrast and shadows in this photograph.

As part of OHNY Weekend, Green-Wood Cemetery was hosting performances of Angels and Accordians. What could be better than a walk among the tombstones accompanied by music, catching glimpses of angels singing and dancing and a rare opportunity to visit inside the catacombs! I was fortunate to win two tickets to the performance through Green-Wood’s trivia contest by knowing something about New York History and DeWitt Clinton, one of the cemetery’s notable permanent residents.

Green-Wood’s 478 acres of magnificently landscaped grounds filled with beautiful monuments and memorials to famous and infamous New Yorkers is a visual treat and a little bit of heaven for photographers. Thinking that the light for photography would be better in the afternoon I chose to attend the later performance. The word photography literally means writing with light and here at the finale of the day’s event the late afternoon sun dramatically lit this entrance to a crypt. As one arch was filled with darkness, the other illuminated, and a shadow adding depth and definition to the architectural forms and curves– it was a photo I had to take.

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