Oakland Cemetery Photo Hike

Important Atlanta milestones are represented at Oakland, from early builders, to Civil War soldiers, to leaders of industry, to Civil Rights pioneers, no matter where you turn, history surrounds you. It is a shining example of the “rural garden” cemetery movement of the 19th century. The garden cemetery featured winding paths, large shade trees, flowers, and shrubs, and appealing vistas. The garden cemetery concept was a forerunner of public park development in America. Today, Oakland Cemetery is still used as a park for the community and is a valued green space in Atlanta. It is also a repository for stunning art and architecture. Elaborate mausoleums, soaring sculptures and effusive inscriptions speak of an age when the bereaved found consolation in extravagant expression. Impressive art and architecture can be seen in many styles: Victorian, Greek Revival, Gothic, Neo-classical, Egyptian and Exotic Revival. Several mausoleums feature stained glass windows from Tiffany Studios. Bronze urns over six feet high were cast at Gorham Manufacturing Company in New York, the first art foundry in America.

Visit the website at www.oaklandcemetery.com

We will meet at the parking lot across the street from the entrance. The light is very soft there in the morning and will make for some great photos. Bring plenty of memory and batteries for your camera. It is not unusual to leave with more than 300 photos. Wide angle lenses are made for this location. Afterwards we could grab lunch at Six Feet Under located across the street from the cemetery. Once we enter the Cemetery I recommend walking to the far end and working our way back to the entrance so that the sun is behind us and shadows are minimized.

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  • Mike H.

    I hope everyone enjoyed themselves, I did! Don't forget to post some of the pictures you took on the hike on this page.

    February 2, 2014

  • Chris P.

    great opportunity to get outdoors in Atlanta, taking photos of an Atlanta landmark.

    February 1, 2014

  • Gia

    Great idea and wonderful experience.

    February 1, 2014

  • Jane E.

    Mike-thanks for organizing. Would love to do Shirley Miller(?) LaFayette Wild Flower trail in April. Would you organize a photo hike there?

    February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first photo hike - I"m not sure what should be expected. After an introduction, we went our separate ways - maybe that's all it is - if so - definitely a 5!

    February 1, 2014

  • Anitha

    very informative and adventurous.

    February 1, 2014

  • Anitha

    Thanks Mike it was quite an experience. Learnt a lot today. Looking forward to join you next time again.

    February 1, 2014

  • Mike H.

    We are headed to six feet under across the street

    February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    thanks Mike for getting us out!

    February 1, 2014

  • Jane E.

    Running a few minutes late. I'll catch up with you.

    February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes it does :)

    January 27, 2014

  • Mike H.

    The weather forecast for Saturday looks excellent!!

    2 · January 27, 2014

  • Danny

    Have to help someone move

    January 18, 2014

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