Wednesday, April 13, 2005
the family plot
Sometimes out in the country, a cemetery may only be 6 headstones in the middle of a cornfield. This cemetery lies just outside Kings, Illinois (population estimated at 40). There's a revolutionary war veteran buried here, and it is, in fact, in the middle of a cornfield. One thing is for sure, if you stay with me for awhile you will see this cemetery again and again. I photograph it in every season, and every time of the day, whenever I have the time to drive the distance(1 hour). In the late spring the cornstalks begin to encirlcel the small plot and at the end of summer the space is claustrophobic, surrounded on all sides by corn reaching for the sky. In the winter it's a cold and bleak scene, and as snow clouds skitter across the sky you wonder how these people came to be buried in such a lonely place.