1. a cemetery, especially one of large size and usually of an ancient city.
2. a historic or prehistoric burial ground.
There is a great fascination with the cemeteries of New Orleans. For those not living near its important to understand that due to the high water table, burying bodies six feet under just doesn't work here. Because of this, the cities of the dead have a mystical quality to them. When you add the fact that New Orleans is well known for its Voodoo culture and ritualistic magic, you can see that indeed, these are not your typical cemeteries.
I am fortunate to live within blocks of several of the cities of the dead and I am known to wander their paths with camera in hand at all hours of the day and night. I developed and continue to develop the "Walking in the City of the Dead" series as a thanks to those spirits that allow me to travel their paths and hope that the viewer gains some appreciation for the surreal aspects of these amazing places.
The complete image set can be found here:
New images will be added regularly as I am considering putting them into a book, so its a long term project for me. If you know anyone who would like to collaborate to produce it in book form, I'd love to speak to them.
And as always, feedback is greatly appreciated.