• Photographer
    Katherine Boland
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Date of Photograph
    July 2022
  • Technical Info
    ISO:100, Aperture Value: 3.3561, Exposure Time: 1/125

Sky reflected on rain-drenched graves in a rural cemetery in the Australian bush.


I captured these images in a tranquil and secluded rural cemetery near where I live on the south east coast of Australia. I happened to venture into this sacred ground with my camera just after a shower of rain. The sky and clouds reflecting upon the wet slabs of granite prompted me to think about the fleeting nature of our being and the profound interconnectedness between life, death, and the ever-changing world.

The inspiration for this body of work emanated from my deep-rooted fascination with the notion of transience and its manifestation in nature and human existence. The rural cemetery, with its old gravestones and weathered monuments, serves as a poignant reminder of the impermanence of life and the continuous cycle of birth, growth, decay, and death. The rain shower on the day of the shoot acted as a catalyst, blurring the boundaries between the temporal and the eternal and elevating this ordinary landscape into a realm of extraordinary beauty and symbolism. The ephemeral reflections on the granite slabs became a visual metaphor for the fleeting moments we experience and the delicate interconnectedness that unites us all. Each image captures a distinct moment, frozen in time, reminding us that existence is a delicate dance on the precipice of eternity.

The composition of each photograph was carefully crafted to convey a sense of balance and harmony, juxtaposing the solidity of the gravestones with the ever-changing skies. I experimented with different angles and perspectives, seeking to encapsulate the profound yet delicate relationship between the earth and the heavens.

These images invite viewers to meditate on the fragility of life and the interconnectedness of all things; a reminder of the beauty that exists in the impermanent, the lessons learned from the ephemeral, and the significance of every passing moment. Let us embrace the transitory, appreciate the ever-changing canvas of life, and find solace in the shared impermanence that unites us all.

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