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The Cemetery in Montmartre, the famous art colony in the suburbs of Paris. Accepted into the Blue Sky Gallery 2017 Viewing Drawers. Prints are available at the gallery in 11x14 matted to 16x20 on Metallic paper.

Beauty, worship, obsolescence; these concepts coalesce in the 18th arrondissement of Monmartre; the Cemetery of Artists. There is a timelessness in Montmartre itself where Degas is entombed, and spirits of the likes of Van Gogh, Dali, Picasso, Rodin, and Hemingway reside in the hopes of struggling artists. Yet buried beneath these hopes are the mass graves of those lost during the French Revolution. It is a place that both stills and astounds the mind through its meandering tombs and contradicting residents.

Capturing this alternate universe suggested an alternate medium; to create a world within a world, a sense of transcendence against our inevitable decay. The use of digital infrared allows for a process that can be manipulated to further explore our sense of place; creating a different dimension altogether.
I used an IR converted Nikon D5200 for the initial infrared capture with further editing in Snapseed and Photoshop for color correction and balancing. The final image is then printed on Metallic paper, which in my view captures the original vision of this alternate universe.

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Keywords:France, Montmartre, Paris, cemetery, infrared