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Six Picks – a photo blog drawn from my archives, much of which is on show at www.timbirdphotography.com

Paris and religion are this week’s buzzwords, so it seems like as good (or bad) a time as any to combine them in the symbols of the Père Lachaise Cemetery in the French capital, a wonderfully atmospheric place of burial and the resting place for the likes of Jim Morrison (probably), Oscar Wilde, Édith Piaf and Frédéric François Chopin, to name just a few of the celebrities, in addition to many other less well-known souls.

The cemetery is near Boulevard Menilmontant and was opened in 1804 on the site of a Jesuit retreat. It’s at turns touching, scary and poignant, very large and rambling,and well worth a visit.

These pictures were made using my previous Canon camera using a gimmicky little gadget called a Lens Baby that gives the spooky blurred effect.

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I have heard Oscar's memorial has been sealed off to prevent his many devotees from planting their lipstick on it.

I have heard Oscar’s memorial has been sealed off to prevent his many devotees from planting their lipstick on it.

A disturbing and hard-hitting memorial to French Jews who perished in the death camps of the Second World War.

A disturbing and hard-hitting memorial to French Jews who perished in the death camps of the Second World War.

Vampires?

Vampires?

She had no regrets.

She had no regrets.

Very sad.

Very sad.

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