Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A journey to the past – Ontario part 3

Where I layth shall you remember me

On the shallow incline near Saint Clair, off Yonge street, Toronto you can enter the main gates of Canada's most historic cemetery, Mount Pleasant.

200 acre grounds is a labyrinth of walkways and valleys. These photographs were taken in 1992 on a cool fall evening. In the series of decay and rebirth, thebookmann was intrigued by the beauty of remembrance, and the ways traditions in death were placed. It was also to give a comparison, that these places all have a similarity behind them, if you step back and take the time to look. What is amusing at Mount Pleasant is that families have placed plastic flowers on some graves. This freshly cleaned grave shows the evidence behind and in between the scrubs.

At Mount Pleasant, the tombstones, obelisks are immaculate, not a stone is defaced. And for many Canadians who are doubtful about the beauty of their city, the cemetery speaks of a tranquil bliss. Many prominent Canadians such as prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King and the pianist Glenn Gould are buried there. -thebookmann

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