Analog Adventure To Bonaventure

Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah, GA Holga 120N Ilford XP2 400

This past week Anna and I went to Savannah to take photographs and to have a few beers down at Moon River Brewing Company. Savannah is the quintessential Southern town, full of charm, hospitality, Spanish moss, and ghosts. To truly understand the South and Savannah, you have to try to understand the history. The South, more than any other region of the country, is steeped in tradition. The South is haunted by its history, and this has created a  land of spiritualism and myth. There is a lingering pain here that stems from the shadow of defeat, no other region of the country has this stigmata. Add in the three yellow fever epidemics, the second bloodiest battle of the American Revolution,  and over 270 years of history that have occurred since the founding of Savannah…there is a reason that Savannah is considered the most haunted city in the country. What better place to commune with this history than Bonaventure Cemetery. And what better way to capture this hauntingly beautiful place than with a Holga.

Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah, GA Holga 120N Ilford XP2 400

Bonaventure Cemetery is located on the site of a plantation originally owned by John Mullryne. On March 10, 1846, Commodore Josiah Tattnall III, sold the 600-acre (2.4 km2) Bonaventure Plantation and its private cemetery to Peter Wiltberger. Major William H. Wiltberger, the son of Peter, formed the Evergreen Cemetery Company on June 12, 1868. Evergreen Cemetery Company was purchased by the City of Savannah on July 7, 1907, making the cemetery public and changing the name to Bonaventure Cemetery. (Wikipedia)

Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah, GA Holga 120N Ilford XP2 Pro 400

Bonaventure is a truly beautiful place, situated on the marsh and full of live oaks and crape myrtles covered with Spanish moss. The atmosphere is very thick and I couldn’t wait to photograph it with my trusty Holga. The Holga is without a doubt my favorite camera, it captures images the way I see them in my mind. It captures the emotion, its like it sees through the present and records the residual history of what you are photographing. No other camera seems to have this ability. Here are a few more images that I took…

Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah, GA Holga 120N Ilford XP2 Pro 400
Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah, GA Holga 120N Ilford XP2 Pro 400
Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah, GA Holga 120N Ilford XP2 Pro 400
Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah, GA Holga 12oN Ilford XP2 Pro 400

3 thoughts on “Analog Adventure To Bonaventure

  1. I really love the images and the slice of history you provide here. I have always admired your works with the Holga but never been able to put into words why they have such an effect. I think you have summed that up for me when you said ‘It captures the emotion, its like it sees through the present and records the residual history of what you are photographing.’
    Needless to say, this would not happen with anyone, but you seem to be truly receptive to what you photograph and it shines through the images.
    Thank you for sharing this.

  2. whoah this blog is fantastic i love studying your articles. Keep up the good paintings! You recognize, lots of persons are searching round for this info, you could aid them greatly.

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