Montparnasse Cemetery – Part 2

I’m still going through the photographs I took in Paris and thought I’d share more shots from Montparnasse Cemetery. It was a very bright, sunny day and quite a challenge to find spots that weren’t too shadowed or too bright.

Old broken tombstone


When you travel, are there certain things you always take photos of?


Paris Cemetery Blues

Stained glass in Père Lachaise © 2012 Sue Mecklem

On this trip to Paris, it was actually sunny most of the time, which is quite a change from the usual overcast skies in November or early spring I’ve experienced. I’ve taken hundreds of cemetery photos before but the bright sun added a new and sometimes challenging aspect to photographing graves and crypts. The shadows were sometimes interesting but it was really too bright to take many great photographs unless there was a bit of shade to ameliorate the sun. There was one interesting exception – the stained glass windows at the back of many crypts were actually visible in many of the photos I took. And oddly, many of them were blue, which I hadn’t noticed till I looked back at the whole set.

Light through stained glass © 2012 Sue Mecklem

Crypt close up in Montparnasse cemetery © 2012 Sue Mecklem

Crypt in Montparnasse cemetery © 2012 Sue Mecklem

Stained glass window in Montparnasse cemetery © 2012 Sue Mecklem

Crypt in Père Lachaise cemetery © 2012 Sue Mecklem

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Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris

Cemeteries can be beautiful, peaceful places to walk, meditate on life, and appreciate interesting art. One of my favorites is Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris. It’s in the 14th arondissement, which is where we daydream about living someday. Some of the famous people buried here are Simone de Beauvoir, Susan Sontag, and Man Ray.

Here are some of my favorite photos from Montparnasse on our first visit.

Stained glass in crypt window

Blue on gravestone

Cat statute on grave

Green door on crypt