Lately I have developed a habit of reviewing my images weeks and sometimes months after I have taken them. It’s not that I’m not excited about my pictures, I am. In the case of the shot above, I ventured out on New Year’s morning to shoot a sunrise at a nearby abandoned farm. The farm was a bit disappointing but I found this little cemetery on the way home. It is now April and I’m just getting around to working with this image. Truthfully I was not sure what I would do with this shot or more precisely how I would process the picture and that might be part of the reason for the delay.
I remember being struck by stumbling upon the grave of a former Speaker of the House of Delegates in such a small run down cemetery. It turns out that John Franklin Ryan was indeed a former Speaker of the House in addition to being a large landowner and farmer. The Loudoun Independent has a great article on this former farmer and Speaker of the Virginia House.