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!
Enjoy this gallery of photos from an Easter egg hunt at the home of Karen Wheaton on Williams Creek in Hamilton, Ala., on Saturday.
Marion County High School won their game against the Winfield Pirates today 21-6. Enjoy a gallery of photos below.
The Winfield Pirates baseball team won their home tournament game 8-3 against the Hackleburg Panthers Tuesday. Enjoy a gallery of photos below from the game.
A national treasure was laid to rest this past week in Hamilton, Ala. Jerry Brown, known for his unique style of handmade pottery, died Friday February 4th after a brief illness. He was 73. In 1992, Jerry was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship and currently has five pieces of pottery on exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. The Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded the Alabama Folk Heritage Award to him in 2003. For a complete biography of Jerry click here. Below is a gallery of photos I have made of Jerry over the years. The pictures were made in Northport at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts and in Hamilton. The pictures in Hamilton were made at Jerry’s shop and at the Jerry Brown Arts Festival, an art festival that was started in 2003 and named for Jerry.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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