I’m Polly, Londoner, teacher, bit of a photographer and other things ending in ‘-er’. I’m also a taphophile. WHAT IS THAT? I hear you shout. Well some of you will be. If you look it up on Wikipedia the description reads thus:
Taphophilia is a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries.The singular term is a taphophile.
Taphophilia involves epitaphs, gravestone rubbing, photography, art, and history of (famous) deaths. An example of an individual’s expression of taphophilia is the character Harold in the movie Harold and Maude (1971).
I’m glad the last line was included – we don’t want to get confused now!
I’ve been photographing London’s cemeteries for about 7 years now and I still haven’t managed to find my way around them all. Sometimes life gets in the way and time disappears. However the urge to continue on my quest has been reawakened and I’ve decided to reinvigorate myself and my love of London and its cemeteries.
During January 2012 I’ll be uploading many of my old photographs to my pages on Flickr as well as editing some old photos again. I had a bit of a mad ‘splurge’ (imagine an artist simply squeezing new tubes of paint) on PS actions and Lightroom presets – looking back I’m not happy with what I did. So some of the photographs will be re-edited.
I will also be visiting new cemeteries – well – new to me!
So welcome – enjoy – and please spend some time here when I get going – it will be nice to have your company.