This past week I've been thinking about an Easter themed photo that I could post up here during the Easter holiday. I wanted to go beyond the colored eggs and bunny rabbits and make a photo that really gets to the heart of the Christian holiday. I thought if I could get a shot of the sun behind a statue of Jesus, that would do the trick. There are quite a few cemeteries around West Alabama that incorporate a statue of Jesus, so finding one was pretty easy. I knew of a Jesus statue in the Hamilton Memory Gardens in Hamilton, Ala., (my home town) and another in the Fayette Memorial Gardens in Fayette, Ala., 45 miles south of Hamilton. This past Friday I visited the Fayette Memorial Gardens to photograph the statue as the sun was sinking low into the western sky. I chose this as my destination because I knew this cemetery featured a statue with the arms outstretched. I had passed this cemetery countless times, though this was the first time I had actually stopped to visit. I arrived and scoped out the possibility of getting the photo I had envisioned. It was perfect. The sun was at just the right spot in the sky to frame up behind the statue for the halo effect that I wanted. I adjusted my camera settings and began to move my feet to frame the shot. As I adjusted my position to find the exact spot to get the best halo effect I glanced down to make sure I wasn't about to trip over a headstone. I looked down and what did I see? A head stone with "Palmer" written on it. Well, I thought, I have found my spot, but it looks like some other Palmers have beat me to it. Happy Easter!
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org