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The Marsden Memento - Memento Mori is the new book by Simon Marsden to be published in October 2007.
Spooky graveyards at night.
Deep dark crosses
Deep dark crosses
Memento Mori literally means a warning or reminder of death, but this book is much more than that, for the many churches and graveyards portrayed here lie at the very heart of our villages, towns and cities, and are central to our history and culture.
It is here that many of us are not only baptized, married and eventually laid to rest, but also discover spiritual inspiration and refuge amongst their many architectural masterpieces - the memorials, effigies and stained glass created by some of Europe's greatest sculptors and artists throughout the ages.
It is a sad fact that many of these sublime buildings and works of art have fallen into decay, due to the decline in organized religion, lack of funds and general neglect. But now it would seem the tide is beginning to turn as we realize that a major part of our heritage is at risk of being lost forever.
Who better than Simon Marsden, the acclaimed photographer of the gothic and the fantastic, to portray in photographs his personal choice of these shrines and symbols. Churches, graveyards, tombstones, mausoleums, and sculptures that evoke an ancient spirituality, the mystery of man's eternal quest for truth. His atmospheric images are complimented with texts from some of England's greatest authors and poets.
If anyone knows of any locations in England that might be of interest to Simon to photograph for this project he would be very grateful to hear from you firstname.lastname@example.org Should any of them be in a perilous, decaying state all the better. Naturally should your suggestion be included you will be given due credit in the book.
N.B. Cathedrals and Abbeys are not included in this book.