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'A Beautiful Place to Rest'

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Rochester: 'A Beautiful Place to Rest'
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A new exhibit on display at Rochester's City Hall aims to show off the beauty of one of Rochester's oldest and most unique landmarks. The exhibit is named: "A Beautiful Place to Rest."

"Especially this cemetery, as you can see, it really has a natural beauty of its own."

The stories this place could tell us.

"There's a lot of history that speaks to me also, a lot of emotion as I'm going through here."

Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester offers few words to its visitors.

"Very quiet, there's animals around."

Leaving a photographer, to craft his own translation.

"You'll walk around a corner and you'll see things that you never would have seen, or never would have known were there."

David Gaudioso has captured them: the stories and places here, that speak to him most.

"You find an area like the Sylvan Waters here where you're looking at it, saying, 'Okay, this was formed by a glacier?' There's a lot of natural beauty, and how do I present this to the viewer in its best image?"

The questions:

"How to tell the story, not only of the beauty of the cemetery, but of the people that are in this cemetery?"

Questions David asked himself over the course of 18 months at Mt. Hope.

"You can really see the beauty that's been captured in these photographs."

His answers, just now being noticed.

"The perigee moon in its waxing gibbous."

Dozens of David's photographs from Mt. Hope Cemetery, now immortalized in print at Rochester City Hall, bringing the beauty and serendipity to the people of Rochester.

"You're not going to find many areas, or even many cemeteries that have the jewels that this cemetery has."

Among the monuments forged in death, David often finds new vitality.

"You see deer in here, you see all sorts of different animals that you normally wouldn't see in the city."

And Mt. 'Hope' Cemetery, he finds aptly named.

"It's the hope that we all have that the next life will be better."

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