Photograph: St. Roch's Cemetery

St. Roch's Cemetery: New Orleans, LA; 2012.   This image is a preview of things to come. Right now we are hard at work here at equallyempty, bringing you a small photographic essay on St. Roch's cemetery in New Orleans, LA.

   Known for its 'cemetery culture,' NOLA is full of old cemeteries with above ground mausoleums and tombs for the city's deceased. With portions of the city lying well under the water table, above ground burials is a necessary fact of life.

   New Orleans has some of the prettiest cemeteries this side of the Atlantic, so visiting one or two is a must for anyone visiting the Crescent City. While St. Louis cemeteries #1 and #2 are the most famous, we decided to go off the beaten path, exploring St. Roch's cemetery in Faughburg St. Roch, so downriver from the Margny that the neighborhood was historically referred to as Faughburg Margny Nouveau.

   St. Roch was the patron saint of miraculous cures and there's a room devoted to his, well, devotion. The cemetery itself is beautifully white-washed and there wasn't another soul around the whole time we were there. Hopefully, in about a month we'll have a small portfolio of images available to purchase of this wonderful place.