Spring Grove Cemetery // on film - The Dainty Squid

Spring Grove Cemetery // on film

Monday, April 07, 2014

I was organizing the photos on my computer last week when I found all these photos I never posted. Back in January I took a drive down to the Cincinnati, Ohio /Newport, Kentucky area to see my favorite band. They were calling for a bunch of snow but I figured it would be fine since people from Ohio know how to drive in snow. I was wrong. Apparently southern Ohio has no idea what to do in the snow. Basically they just closed everything down and ignored the roads. Seriously, I planned on going to the aquarium and as I walked up to the door they hung a sign that due to weather conditions they were closing early and to go home. There wasn't that much snow at all, maybe two inches, but the roads were awful. Even though I didn't get to explore much of the area I still had an awesome time. Before I left the area I made sure to stop at Spring Grove Cemetery. Blog readers had been recommending I stop here for ages so it was basically a necessity.

I didn't get to walk around as much as I'd have liked since it was bitter cold outside. Instant booger freezing cold. But I drove around the whole cemetery, stopping when something interesting caught my eye. I'd definitely like to head back in warmer weather since it was such a beautiful place.
I think one of my favorite things I found in the cemetery, other than that wonderfully haunting headstone above, was this one below. In all the cemeteries I've explored I've found it's really rare for women to have their portraits on headstones. Women are rarely remember for being more than "wife of..." so I was pretty darn stoked to see these ladies.
xoxo

All of the photos above were taken with a pentax k1000 and Fujifilm 35mm Superia X-TRA 400.

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19 thoughts

  1. oh hey thats my town! Spring grove cemetery is pretty awesome. You should check out the abandoned subway or the brewery tunnels under the city next time. were normally pretty alright in the snow but this years been pretty bad ice wise, they've had to shut down a lot of the bridges this year which basically shuts everything down.

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    1. We also ran out of salt!

      ~ Tammy @ Through the Milk Glass

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  2. I love your cemetery photos. They're so awesomely haunting and it makes me want to take a walk through the cemeteries near my home.

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  3. These are such pretty pictures! I'm going to Paris soon and have a few cemetery visits planned - I can't wait!
    The UK is also really bad a driving in the snow! I have many a fond memory of my school closing for the week if there was more than a couple of inches of snow and public transport quickly becomes a things of the past. We don't do snow very well! xx

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  4. Beautiful! I love the cemeteries here in and around Boston. Some very old and beautiful finds.

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  5. Yay Spring Grove! Definitely go back when there's no snow because it's so awesome and there's lots of gorgeous things you can't see from the road. I agree with Paige. You should check out the abandoned subway next time you're in Cincy. They offer guided tours, too. It's so creepy.

    xo Ashley
    thetiniestfirecracker.com

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  6. The pictures you take look especially great when on film but with the added snow on the headstones it adds even more eeriness to them.

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  7. I was in Southern Ohio in Jan/Feb and apparently the issue was that they ran out of salt for the roads! Go figure!

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  8. I always love your film photos. I am fairly new around your blog so forgive me if you've blogged about this before but what do you do with you printed photos? Do you just have piles of pictures somewhere or do you put them in an album? I mostly use my film camera as well and I am looking to see what others do with their photos after printing them. Anyway, thanks for sharing! :)

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  9. I live right around the corner from Spring Grove. One of my favorite cemeteries. It really is pathetic how bad Cincinnati drivers are. We're a much brighter town in the spring or summer! Northside and Mt Adams are fun places to visit as well.

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  10. Oh wow, this place looks beautiful. I'll have to visit next time I'm in Cincinnati! I don't think I've seen many portraits in cemeteries. Is that common to a specific region or time period?

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  11. A cemetry in the snow, so beautiful <3

    The Quirky Queer

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  12. They were super awful about cleaning up the roads this year! Lazy city. Plus people drive like maniacs down here anyway. I love this cemetery, I've only been once(also when it was booger freezing cold), but it is gorgeous.

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  13. SO pretty! I love snowy cemetery photos.

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  14. I just came across your blog via Midwest Muse! How wonderfully haunting these all are... so beautiful.

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  15. As someone who is from the Cleveland-area and now lives in Cincinnati, yeah, it's kind of ridiculous how afraid Cincinnatians are of snow! They're used to ice storms, but generally get very little snow. Spring Grove is one of my favorite places in Cincinnati. It is so big and seems to just go on and on. And it's really pretty any time of year! Right now is one of my favorite seasons because the magnolias are blooming and all the turtles are on the edges of the ponds sunning themselves.

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  16. You always go to amazing cemeteries, if the life permit me to live a while in USA I will visit places like this. Great photos

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  17. The statues are all so incredibly beautiful. Unfortunately Doctor Who has generally made them also terrifying forever. :) Here in the UK we are exactly like that in the snow. Everything closes, the weather reporters freak out, and it's headlines everywhere, when it is literally 2 inches. We never learn. :)

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  18. These photos are super gorgeous! I wish there was snow near me!
    ~Joie Fatale

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