Artsy? Tasteless? Kitsch?Although it seems customary within the Gothic scene, I find cemetery photo shoots a rather awkward idea for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost, the question of taste comes into mind. In my lifetime it is likely that I have seen over a hundred images of Goths photographed in cemeteries, some of which appear harmless whereas others are distasteful and cringe worthy. Not to mention they are about as cliché as the Goths-up-trees photos (tradition courtesy of Robert Smith). Overall, I have no real problem with these images, provided the cemetery goer is respectful and chooses to photograph themselves (or friends) in an artistic and mindful way. That means no gyrating or dry humping grave plots or headstones.
Why do I care? Because I lost my best friend at the age of 24. Although it was from natural causes it was a disastrous shock. Nobody saw it coming, it happened overnight. We (her group of friends) were completely devastated. If I were to learn that some half-wit Goth or Alt fashionista felt compelled to rub his or her naughty bits on my friend's headstone, well I would just lose my fucking shit.
So I implore anyone who may consider a cemetery photo shoot to be respectful. There are people under those headstones, they are not simply rocks with scribbles on them, and those individuals deserve the same amount of respect that they would have received in their waking life. Also, I think that if you were to give the cemetery photo shoot a try, you should do your best to spice it up and forgo the usual Gothy scowl. I've not posted the kistchy or most distasteful photos on this blog (out of respect to those individuals) but I have definitely seen some pretty laughable and gag worthy photographs circling the web! None of us want to end up in one of those pictures.
I might do a cemetery fashion shoot of my own someday, for no other reason than because I adore the sculpture and ornamentation of Victorian era cemeteries. I honestly believe there's more art in the cemetery than in our local museum!
In closing, I have included some fashion photographs taken in cemeteries that I find most delightful and within good taste. (My favorite is today's main photo!) What are your thoughts on cemetery photo shoots? Are they overdone, beautiful, or of poor taste?