I’ve been exploring Bellefontaine Cemetery for the last ten years. Each visit brings its own little discovery. Its origins go back to 1850 and since then it has been the resting place for a number of famous individuals. As you wind through the trails and hills you see familiar names on the headstones echoing the names of streets, buildings, and other landmarks throughout the city. Our city’s long and storied history can be told through the gravestones of Bellefontaine.
There are two names that are regular stops for me each time I visit. Williams Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch, and Sara Teasdale, poet are buried there with very unassuming gravestones. Each time I visit the graves are marked with bottles of wine, flowers, books, and other offerings left behind by visitors. I’m guilty of the practice as well having left several things behind as an act of kindness and possibly some passed on inspiration.
The various tributes over the dead have a wide range of beauty. I do not think I have seen a more beautiful set of memorials than Bellefontaine. The different statues, mausoleums, and other stone works are a beauty matched in few other places. I often get strange looks when I talk about the photos I’ve taken at Bellefontaine Cemetery. I know it may be a bit strange but anyone who takes the time to visit will leave there awed and changed.
I started working on ways to showcase some of the photography I have done in Bellefontaine. The video below is my latest work merging my music and the photos I took over the last few years. The track is called The Fool.