It’s always comforting when I come across pictures that other people have taken of cemeteries. Somewhere in the back of my head a little voice shouts “See! It’s not just meeeee!”. It’s perfectly normal to be laying on the ground inches away from the beautiful typography on a tombstone that is several hundred years old. That’s not weird AT ALL. So, in celebration of my normalcy (ha, yeah right), I have put together today’s post: a collection of cemetery pictures that were taken by other normal people.
This is a cemetery sign that was taken by @motaitalic in Warsaw, Poland. The shape of the letters, especially the M and the N are very unique:
Since I’m not a typographer, I couldn’t place what it was about the letters that stood out to me. Thanks to Hrant Papazian for pointing out “that “M” is a great example of why not to force ductal “logic”.” I’m not gonna lie, I’ve never heard the term ‘ductal logic’ before and found a couple of links that are pretty interesting.
Ductus is the path the writing implement makes in forming a letter. Typefaces are formed by other tools than the (broadnibbed or flexical) pen, but the contrast patterns of the shapes that are constructed in type traditionally paraphrase the shapes formed by the stroke of the pen. Every typeface that deliberately imitates the broadnibbed pen has (or borrows) a ductal logic.
This link contains a further discussion that is really interesting.
Ok, moving on.
This is a picture taken by Eileen Ogg of a Necropolis in Glasgow, Scotland:
The crumbling of the concrete and what it has done to the letters is both tragic and beautiful at the same time.
This is the famous grave of Marie Laveau taken by Mårten Thavenius in New Orleans, Louisiana:
Via Wikipedia: Tourists continue to visit and some draw “X” marks in accordance with a decades-old rumor that if people wanted Laveau to grant them a wish, they had to draw an “X” on the tomb, turn around three times, knock on the tomb, yell out their wish, and if it was granted, come back, circle their “X,” and leave Laveau an offering. Although some references to Marie Laveau in popular culture refer to her as a “witch”, she is properly described as a ‘Voodoo priestess’.Mårten took this picture in Prague. This is the grave of Saint Norbert, also known as Norbert Gennep, who was a bishop of the Catholic Church, founder of the Premonstratensian order of canons regular, and is venerated as a saint (via Wikipedia):
I love this collection of pictures. Big thanks to @motaitalic, Eileen Ogg, Mårten Thavenius and Margaret Gonzalez for sharing their pictures. Also, thanks to Hrant for introducing me to the term ‘ductal logic’! If you have any pictures of cemeteries that you’d like to share, tweet them to me @nikki_vz or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured in an upcoming post.