Emily Carr Desecration
This is the iconic Canadian painter Emily Carr’s grave in Ross Bay cemetery.
It is a magnet for offerings – all manner of faux spiritual goodies, offered to what I don’t know.
Sadly, the offerings just turn to rubbish and desecrate her grave.
This photos was made with Earle‘s Lomo LC-A+ RL during a camera swap we did on a rainy day in February.
Lomo LC-A+ with Russian glass lens, Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 expired 2007.
It’s too bad that this happens to her grave, but I think sometimes people need to leave something, and there’s a place for that, too. Just too bad there isn’t literally a (better) place for it!
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I agree that a better place is needed, and perhaps that those leavers don’t also take it upon themselves to check back and clean up from time to time.
I am not sure why people need to leave something for celebrities. It is very cult like, and distracts their attention away from millions of very worthy others, and the graves of family too.
That’s a good point, and I hear you, but I hate to think I know why someone did what they did. Benefit of the doubt I guess. I imagine it would look better without all the “stuff” around, and be a better experience for most other people, too.
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Hi Lynn, I meant to reply to this a long time ago… I don’t have a clue why most people do what they do.
I do think that much of human behaviour is inherently selfish, and I suspect that whatever the particular reasons these offerings are left, they are to a larger extent about the person doing the leaving and to a lesser extent some form of altruism or intended for a greater good. This may reflect limits to my imagination, or more likely a laziness about thinking deeply about these situations.
I acknowledge that my opinion ignores my training as an anthropologist and that people may be, for instance, sensing a liminal state of some kind and wanting to address it. Though they likely have not done so for anyone but the most famous Canadian in this cemetery.
However one views it, grave offerings for celebrities (vs family and friends) is an interesting phenomena. If only they would come back from time to time to clean up!