Photographer Thomas E. Gilson and his brother William, a writer, each independently developed a fascination with old gravestones. Their joint project, “Carved in Stone: The Artistry of Early New England Gravestones” (Wesleyan) is an eerie photo book, one that quietly works on you. The carvings — most completed between 1650 and 1810 — depict angelic faces and macabre beings. Scattered among the more than 80 duotone photographs are writings from religious leaders of the time, many of the fire-and-brimstone ilk. Stare at the stone faces, William writes, and you wonder whether they are trying to make contact.
‘Carved in Stone’ by Thomas and William Gilson
By Jan GardnerJanuary 06, 2013
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