Spooky graveyards at night.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
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.