This mausoleum, the Gibbes family, has an unusual earthen roof. James Shoolbred Gibbes is buried here. He died in 1888 but other family members lie here also.
Before his death he had the angel statues carved in Italy. The plans for this building are in the US Library Of Congress and it is registered with the National Historic Registry.
James Shoolbred Gibbes, donated $100,000 to the Carolina Arts Association upon his death in 1888 for the “erection of a suitable building for the exhibitions of paintings.” The donation was the start of the well known Gibbes Art Museum in Charleston, South Carolina.
Victorian architecture included many designs and images with Egyptian influence . It was the ‘rage’ of the times. Magnolia Cemetery is the resting place of Charleston elite and wealthy from that period so it makes sense there should be monuments like this.
Members of the Smith family (W.B. Smith the most wealthy person in Charleston) are interred here.
Parts of Magnolia are historically ornate like this, other sections simple carved stones, and others poor soldiers and sailors from the Confederate military.
Tall grass and broken branches are common in this cemetery. Sometimes the images from here almost look liked a staged studio shot. Perfect for monochrome or black and white work.
I shot this one spot several times using different angles and distances. In past years I would work with a smaller lens, portrait style. Now I use a zoom that gives me a huge range from true wide angle all the way to almost ‘super zoom’. It makes it easier, and I have many more options.
Both photographs are from the same location. Above was just closer and from a lower angle.