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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

watch my empty silhouette

This post celebrates the 100th Sepia Saturday. I love old photos .Not for the information or answers...but for the Mystery & Questions they create.Well done Alan for steering the ship.You are a sepia Jack Sparrow!


Below is a photo I took in The Cemetery in Chieti.
Isn't Clementina Francia a pretty one!   She looks like a movie star.    If I stared at her photograph long enough,I swear we would fall in love...........But,on reflection, that's a bit daft.    It's a little  like looking at the cover of HELLO magazine.I'm sure her bones now are no prettier than the others scattered inside..........
........which brings me ,mysteriously , to a video of Peter Gabriel on a bike........going around in circles......... Norman Tebbit on Acid!?!


another of my Chieti photos.


36 comments:

Brian Miller said...

i dunno man...i dont like pictures on the tombstones...they area bit creepy to me...smiles..happy 100!

Roy said...

Only 18! But that's a very interesting tombstone, very different from my beloved New England Colonial slate triptychs incised with winged skulls.

And yes, why did you put Peter's joyous paean to risking all by taking a leap of faith into an unsure future in this particular post? I love the song but I'm trying to figure out its relevance to this post. Or am I trying too hard? Heh, heh!

tony said...

Buggered if I know Roy! Let me know if you can work it out!' Perhaps some subtle reference to the Italian Euro Crisis that broke today? +I watched "The Tree of Life" movie last night, & that confused me too!

Teresa Evangeline said...

Perhaps there's no greater "leap of faith into an unsure future" than death itself. But then, I like finding connections between seemingly disparate ideas.

She is very pretty. I love rambling around old cemeteries. Great photo opps!

Kristin said...

She is beautiful. There must be some gravestone saying about the fleeting beauty of life giving way to the dry bones of death.

Prixie said...

Oh sepia photos are the most beautiful! I love them.

Alan Burnett said...

That is indeed a wonderful photograph and - being presented on a gravestone - it must rank as one of the most inventive presentations of the first 100 Sepia Saturdays. Thanks Tony for helping to make it such a pleasure and such a success.

Kurt said...

But it's Wednesday.

Akelamalu said...

Only 18 when she died? How sad! She was very pretty.

Martin said...

Clementina Francia is a 'stunner'.

Big Mark 243 said...

This was sort of a mix of emotions... the beauty from another century and the haunting feeling that she was waiting on someone (you Tony, maybe... just maybe...) and then the Gabriel song...

Keep everyone jumpin' Tony Tone..!

Marilyn said...

She is certainly lovely. I don't like photos on modern headstone - however I love seeing them on old ones!

barbara and nancy said...

Lovely movie of Lillian Gish at the beginning of your post. She seems more alive than poor clementina.
Nancy Javier

Linda said...

The Gish video loop is enchanting! But I also adore the tombstone photo. Poor Clementina, died so young.

Little Nell said...

It always seems so sad that one should die so young. To be beautiful too only adds to the pathos for some reason. It’s like the lovely consumptive heroines of literature and opera fading away. I tried to translate the rest of the words but only had Google, so ended up with little chunks of poetic sadness. “The expression of bright intelligence. Flower of pure grace”. Some of the words are obscured. Someone must speak Italian. Please tell us what it says.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

You have Gished Clementina here in our collective memories now! Amusing to see Gish and then read on in the tombstones! Right, I would not stare at her too long, you might get drawn down under!

Mike Brubaker said...

Indeed the ultimate example of a sepia photograph. Provocative and entertaining as always.

jennyfreckles said...

Clementina Francia - a pretty girl with a lovely name. I hope someone loved her in life and not just from her memorial picture.

Rosie said...

Enjoyed the video. It gave a chance for all the audience to see him as he pedalled around the stage.

Bob Scotney said...

Clementina must have been someone's darling. A beautiful girl lost at such a young age.
Unique photo for SS100

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

A Blue Ribbon entry Tony. Perfect extra touch for this special occasion. Love that video.
Love his music. Hoped he didn't pedal off the edge. That is not like him, but who knows what entertainers may do.
QMM

Liz Stratton said...

Clementina's memorial is certainly one of the most provocative cemetery photos I've seen. Good that you didn't linger too long or you would certainly have fallen under her spell!

LadyCat said...

Clementina is lovely...I especially like the top photo of her. Great cemetery photos. The crucifix is amazing.

Karen S. said...

Oh yes, I completely agree, there is something so very sweet about her rather shy smiles...I can see that! What a great idea for this post! Just loved everything!

FrankandMary said...

My parent's cemetery has a grave of a small child at the very end of the cemetery. Periodically, relatives of the child leave toys & pictures....it totally freaks me out. But pictures on a stone & a bit of prose I always look to. I used to haunt cemeteries a little.

Jo said...

She looks so sweet and mischievous :-)

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

It's your last photo that fascinates me most (though, like everyone else, I think Clementina is a beauty). But the last has those puppet like figures (angels?) apparently having an Italian argument and waving their arms about, alongside a beautiful crucifix. Quite a contrast.

tony said...

Yes,Shelia,A Child's Memorial I Guess...... the Contrast is interesting.Almost as if a child's death is 'different' in it's Nature......

Christine H. said...

Clementina was lovely. I like photos on gravestones, because it helps to give a better sense of the person's life.

tony said...

Yes, Christine, I like photos on Gravestones.It's more a mainland Europe thing....not as common in the UK.But both my Mum&Dad's headstones DO have photographs.
Of Course,in years to come.Who Knows!They might have barcodes as well..You might be able to scan the stone & get details of a person's life.Read their blog perhaps!Maybe someone is doing this right now.... ☠

Jinksy said...

That poor ladies neck must ache, with all that head turning! LOL

blackwatertown said...

Eee - weird grave pics. They used to be the preserve of families with Italian backgrounds in Belfast graveyards. Sad to see pics of children on display.

barbara and nancy said...

Peter Gabriel on the bike reminds me of my sister, Nancy's SS post last week with the skating violinist.

I like photos on gravestones. They makes cemeteries so much more interesting.
Barbara

Nancy said...

Clementina is beautiful but it's her gravestone that fascinates me. Who puts those fresh flowers in the little vase on a regular basis? Are there always fresh flowers? Are they only for her or for the others buried there?

I am also fascinated by the little characters in white in the last photo. At first I thought it was a puppets' stage and then I noticed the crucifix....

A very interesting post, Tony. You always manage to combine a variety of images and videos in a somewhat broad range of topics in your SS posts -- and you do it so well!

TICKLEBEAR said...

Luv the Gish gif!!
The other pics were great too!!
But I was quite pleased to see Peter. Did you know his stage director for that show was quebecois Robert Lepage?! Nice touch!!
:)~
HUGZ

Brett Payne said...

Photographs on gravestones are a genre which haven't received a lot of attention but they were produced from quite early on in the history of photography. They are not that uncommon, but this is a good example.