Description A gothic monument at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Ma. is set against the brilliant red flowers of a Rhododendron. Mount Auburn was created in the mid-19th century as the first cemetery-like park, serving as a recreational open space for urban dwellers in the Boston area. It has evolved into an arboretum-like cemetery with a reputation as a premier place for bird watching. This creates an unusual combination of people mourning and people bird watching. Most of the plant's have tags identifying the botanical and common name, making it an ideal place for horticulturalists and gardeners. Also, the cemetery is often used for taking a stroll, with the attraction of its many, many intertwining roads and paths. Thus, Mt. Auburn Cemetery's role as a recreational open space lives into the 21st century. Not to mention being a great place for taking photographs.
Brian Rojo, Arlington, MA. Member Since March 2011 Artist Statement I'm a landscape architect with a curious eye for finding beauty and meaning in unexpected places. My portfolio contains many subjects, with an emphasis on landscape and architectural photography. I worked as a landscape architect for many years until I became disabled with a genetic disorder. As a result, I'm using photography as a means of expression, replacing the artistic sensibilities that I once found in my profession of designing landscapes and gardens. My aim is to seek out strong compositions and unique viewpoints of familiar and unfamiliar subjects. My interests range from rural to urban landscape, from modern to historic architecture, from plants to vernacular objects, from a sense of place to a sense of wonder. Ultimately, I hope to encourage others to find the beauty in their environment, and to be curious of the unfamiliar.