Blue and Pink Chrysanthemums, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans, Louisiana
Letter ‘B’ on a cracked stone urn in a found still life with cloth chrysanthemums at Layfette Cemetery in the Garden District, New Orleans, Louisiana. Chrysanthemums, normally seen as a symbol of cheer and joy in most of the United States, takes on their traditional French and Spanish meaning as a funeral flower representing mourning and grief. Battered by sun and age, the flowers assume a sadness aligned with their significance in a New Orleans cemetery. The geometric structure of the photo provides a framework of order against which the line of the crack in the vase and the flowers flow.