PAST LIVES PHOTOGRAPHY, est. 2017
Past Lives Photography has been owned and operated by B. A. W Shoemaker since 2017.
Photographing historic cemeteries and sites since 2012, I enjoy finding lost and forgotten sites, and photographing them for preservation within the historic photographic record. Many historic sites need maintenance and upkeep in order to prevent them being lost to neglect, overgrowth, and time. Preservation, with photography, research, and correct cleaning and repair methods, is of utmost importance, as the people that are buried at these sites deserve to have their final resting places remembered and maintained. The people interred beneath the cold ground were no different from any of us; they lived and loved, laughed and cried, and held the hands of their loved ones as they passed. We all will pass the same way one day, and hope that our resting places will be remembered and maintained.
An exceeding passion, I spend as much time as possible, sometimes up to my knees and waist in brush and weeds, in these significant sites trying to highlight their beauty and bring their history and personal stories back to the forefront. All sites are visited and photographed with the highest respect and reverence. My work is not meant to be interpreted as "Ghost Hunting" or paranormal research; my goal is to show the beauty and peace of the site, as well as provide photographic media for interested parties, and encourage proper preservation techniques. Additional historic cemetery photography can be viewed at the Facebook page, as linked below:
I have given cemeteries tours and presentations to various groups, including local nature clubs, genealogical societies and with the Association for Gravestone Studies. A member of AGS since 2017, I was proud to host the Ohio Chapter meeting this fall in Portsmouth, OH, with a tour of Greenlawn and Lucasville Cemeteries. I also contribute photographs and information to Find A Grave, under the tag bawshoemaker.
While the vast majority of my photographs are of cemeteries and associated structures, I am expanding into other subjects that catch my eye. I am also available, as schedules permit, to give local cemetery tours and presentations that include local history, gravestone lore, as well as stone mineralogy and petrology.
B.S., Geology, Mount Union College, Alliance, OH
MBA, Business Data Analytics, Ohio University, Athens, OH
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Select images, as seen on the Facebook page, A Grave Sight: Cemetery Photographs by BAWS, are also available for sale in addition to those presented on this website. Please feel free to inquire via the email below, should any images be of interest for purchase.
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Please note: All images on this site, as well as any associated Facebook pages, A Grave Sight: Cemetery Photographs by BAWS, or Past Lives Photography, are the property of B. A. W. Shoemaker and are subject to any and all applicable copyright laws. Reproduction without the permission of the artist is not permitted.