Serenity Project June – A Graveyard Wander

Now I may be alone in this opinion but I don’t think that there is anywhere more tranquil and serene than a graveyard on a warm and sunny day and that’s exactly where I headed a couple of weeks ago with my camera.

This particular graveyard sits in the grounds of a ruined church, nature is taking over and on this particular visit I was drawn to the long grasses blowing in the wind and the flowers that are growing wild.

All of this month’s images were taken with the vintage Helios 44-2 on my Fuji X-T20, I know I keep saying this but I’m really enjoying this combination!

Next up in this month’s Serenity Project Blog Circle is Wendy May, a NE Scotland photographer who has been sharing the most beautiful images on Instagram recently. Please pay her a visit here and then follow the links around the circle for lots of inspiring photography.


  • Wendy

    What a fine combination this camera is with the Helios 44-2 Janet. I want to take a photo walk with my Helios 44-2 after viewing your post . I haven’t used it in quite a while. It’s so much lighter than most of my lenses as well and I really love the ease of such.

    I know what you mean re: old graveyards being peaceful. Living right on the edge of the east coast, there are a lot of graveyards looking out across the North Sea and they are just beautiful. It’s a shame this graveyard you shared is overgrown with grass (although it adds to the beauty in your images). The nature images you shared are absolutely gorgeous. I totally adore the daisy image and love the focus and perspective – just stunning. You are so creative with your images.

    Thank you for your kinds words as well. Really appreciated Janet.

    • Janet Broughton

      I don’t know what it is about this combination Wendy but I’m really enjoying it at the moment.

      Your graveyards by the sea sound amazing, I can’t think of a better place for a graveyard! I actually love that this one is overgrown, the graves are so old that there won’t be any immediate relatives left to be saddened by nature taking over. There’s a separate section of newer graves that’s well tended but I would feel disrespectful shooting there so I stick to the old bit.

      Thanks for your kind words Wendy, they are much appreciated.

  • Nancy Armstrong

    Love these Janet – I’m always fascinated by cemeteries. I have a Helios and haven’t been using it much lately; you’ve convinced me I need to break it out more often.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Nancy. I hadn’t used my Helios for quite some time either but it’s my first choice lens at the moment!

      • Jillian

        These are gorgeous Janet. Such beautiful tones. I find these old, ruined graveyards so intriguing too. Thanks for sharing these with us!

        • Janet Broughton

          Thanks Jillian, great to know that I’m not the only graveyard fan!

  • Joan Showers

    Janet, I always look forward to your shares as they are so inventive. I never would have thought to get that low in a graveyard. To be honest, it may have creeped me out. I love that you did that and shot your images with the Helios.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks so much Joan! I should probably point out that when I’ve been shooting really low I’m on pathways between graves and using a tilt screen. I’m not actually lying on graves, that would creep me out and feel too disrespectful!!

  • Lori McLellan

    I just love that you captured so much softness and lightness in such a potentially dark location. There is just so much history and story in graveyards! Your perspectives and ability to find soft light and textures is lovely here. And now, again, I NEED to get that Helios lens!!

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks so much for your kind words Lori! If you ever do get a Helios I’m sure you’d create something beautiful with it!

  • Dave Whiteman

    Your story really resonated with me. I live not 200 metres from one of the oldest cemetaries in Australia. It has not only provided me with some really moody images on dull and miserable days but many wonderful textures from the headstones, some a couple of hundred years old. They say that birds do not flock near places where bad things have happened (A friend told me that there were no birds around Auschwitz the times he visited) but there are birds all around my cemetary and they too provide opportunities for some nature photography. But just to wander and read some of the headstones and monuments is an education in itself. Thank you for your story and images.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks for your comment Dave. I’ve heard that same story about birds, I spend quite a lot of time in Scotland, near Lockerbie. I was told the story in relation to Lockerbie and that you wouldn’t hear birds singing there. For many years that did seem to be true but more recently it seems to have changed. I completely agree about reading the old gravestones too, some very intriguing half stories to be found!