During multiple trips to the Art Matters Gallery for my recent “Faith in Action” exhibition, I’ve driven past the Mt. Olivet Cemetery along Bladensburg Road in northeast D.C. The first time I saw it, I was so distracted by the massive, looming gravestones that I nearly hit the car beside me.
Mt. Olivet Cemetery is the largest Catholic cemetery in the district, and sits perched atop a tree-covered hill that overlooks the city. It has some of the largest grave markers I’ve seen, plus a chapel and lots of Washington Monument replicas.
I decided to drive over to the cemetery yesterday and explore. Weather forecasters had predicted rain for the afternoon, so the place was deserted and eerily quiet. I usually prefer photographing people, but this time I found myself focusing on Mt. Olivet’s somewhat disconcerting landscaping and monuments.