This is another accidental project. It occurred to me, recently, that I’ve taken quite a lot of photos in this ancient cemetery and that I could put together a collection of pictures that attempts to capture the atmosphere of this venerable site.
The Howff is in the centre of Dundee, a short walk from the main shopping thoroughfares. I know very little about the history of this burial ground other than what I’ve read on Wikipedia. Briefly, The Howff (which means ‘meeting place’ or ‘enclosed open space’) was originally land granted to a Franciscan monastery before 1547 (I can’t find the exact year). Originally, it was used as a garden by the monastery but then granted to Dundee as a place of burial by Mary Queen of Scots in 1564 after the Monastery burnt down in 1547. Since then it’s become the resting place for some 80,000 of Dundee’s residents.
This collection of photos has been taken over a period of about two years, starting in 2016. I’ve used various cameras along the way and there even a couple of recent analogue shots taken with a Chinon CE-4S. If you’re interest, the meta-data associated with each picture is in the photo's caption.
The other thing I’ve done is re-edit the photos, using Lightroom, to give them a consistent look and make them a more cohesive collection of images. The overall effect I’ve tried to achieve is to capture its atmosphere and to show The Howff as a place outside of time in the middle the of a modern city.