Oakland angel 1
Oakland Angel 1


For some years I have made a project of seeking out old cemeteries throughout the Southeast to photograph. I love the effect of time and erosion on the tombstones and statues, and the contrast between decay and lush nature. My cemetery photographs have taken me to New Orleans, Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery, an old church graveyard on St. Simons Island, and Atlanta’s lovely Oakland Cemetery. —Marla Puziss




I have been taking photos since the 1980s when I inherited my first Canon SLR, a cast-off from my father. I am self-taught, but have leaned from looking at great photography since childhood, beginning with a well-worn copy of The Family of Man on my parent’s bookshelves. My love of photography has always been closely tied to my love of travel and observing other places and the people who live there, beginning with photos I took in the 1980s with that first camera – of Nicaragua and the Burkina Faso, and the revolutionary changes transforming those countries at the time. Since then I have traveled in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, France, Spain, Italy, Quebec, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. But, I have also fallen in love with the fascinating regions lying within our own borders: New England, New Mexico and, closer to home, Louisiana and the gulf coast region of Florida near Apalachicola. My photos have appeared in several books, and in LensWork online. I have exhibited at the Arts Clayton gallery, the Norton Arts Center, Hapeville, Georgia, Oakland Cemetery and at events during the past several years of Atlanta Celebrates Photography. I moved to Atlanta in 1989 from Maryland, live in Hapeville with my husband and cat, and work in the clinical laboratory at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta.