Ghosts

I’ve been a fan of photographing cemeteries for years. Way back in winter 1995 I was out photographing a snowy cemetery as my Dad called my university landline to try and get the news to me that my Grandad had died.

My business partner knows I still frequent these places with my camera – he just doesn’t know that these days my photography more often than not includes naked people! A couple of weeks ago as a late birthday present he gave me a book about where significant people are buried in London. Knowing I had this image lined up for today’s photo I thought I’d see which ghosts haunt Kensel Green Cemetery.

Alongside one Mr WH Smith (founder of the UK’s biggest high street stationers for the non-Brits) and Harold Pinter I read about Henry Spencer Ashbee. Ashbee was a city merchant by day but was also one of the country’s most prolific collectors of erotica and an occasional author of erotic fiction and personal memoirs under various pen names. He bequeathed his entire library to the British Museum but they burnt the majority of the erotica.

Excited to find out more I hopped over to Wikipedia. I discovered a character in Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith was based on his life. But I also learnt that his daughters’ excessive education irritated him, his wife’s suffragist support angered him, and he became estranged from his gay son. How awful. How often we expect liberal views to be prevalent in all aspects of a person’s life and how disappointed we are when they aren’t. I hope that in 2018, almost 200 years after he was born, his views would have softened and he would now be championing the rights of his wife and daughters and proudly waving the rainbow flag on behalf of his son.

In the meantime, I’m delighted to present one of the fiercest supporters of rights I know, the gorgeous Honey and her hot biteable butt!

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8 thoughts on “Ghosts

  1. How cool is that photo ?? Very cool in our minds. It made us think of the old TV/Movies of the Ghost and Mrs. Muir. This illustrates perfectly the missed opportunities they missed to show sweet innocent nudity.

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  2. I love that I’ve just found another person who loves to photograph cemeteries (though mine – taken several years ago, pre-blog – didn’t involve gorgeous naked women, just angels and interesting headstones.) And I found the story about Mr Ashbee fascinating – what a pity the museum burned the erotica!

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  3. My goodness this is a great shot and you and I share a love of graveyards and cemeteries. That is an interesting story about Ashbee but what a terrible shame they burned his erotic stories

    Mollyx

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