Category Archives: Cemetery

Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery

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.

Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery – click to enlarge

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.

Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery – click to enlarge

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.

Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery – click to enlarge

Smith Pyramid Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery

Smith Pyramid Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Smith Pyramid Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery – click to enlarge

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.

A must visit place for photographers.

Old Magnolia Cemetery, Some Color

The headstones and monuments here go from the most simple through ornate art work. Even some of the Civil War sites can have stones with fine details even though resources were scarce.

Old Magnolia Cemetery, Some Color - click to enlarge
Old Magnolia Cemetery, Some Color – click to enlarge
Old Magnolia Cemetery, Some Color - click to enlarge
Old Magnolia Cemetery, Some Color – click to enlarge

Some sections here are old Victorian with Spanish Moss. A beautiful and unique  place.

Sepia Cemetery

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.

Sepia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Sepia Cemetery – click to enlarge

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.

Sepia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Sepia Cemetery – click to enlarge

Both photographs are from the same location. Above was just closer and from a lower angle.