In my travels, I have explored and photographed cemeteries from Paris to Peru. I always make time to look for the oldest cemeteries I can find, and go exploring, following my intuition to beautiful discoveries. I find the experience both inspiring and humbling.
When entering a cemetery, deep grief and loss may be the emotions you fear will greet you. While the feelings can be wide and varied, the one theme that rises to the top is great Love. To me this love and support is coming from those who have passed on, coming in waves to comfort those taking the time to remember.
A cemetery is a place of philosophy, therapy and human creativity, a rare convalescence of connectedness with the cycle of life and the love and loss that makes all of us so venerable and beautiful. With every visit, I see and feel these emotions that pull me into the present moment and allow me to feel gratitude.
Light defines our world and I focus on it as much as I can in each day. It crafts my images and my reality. Finding the light in the darkness is a thread that connects us and defines our human existence. Following the light and joy in our hearts makes this life worthwhile and my art is one way in which I can share my vision with you. Thank you for taking the time.
Tamar Thibodeau is a photographer and creative soul who works in Communications at Vassar College.