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ShareMondays2018 – The Deep Shadows

Shadows On The Wall

ShareMondays2018 – The Deep Shadows

I went to the Tower Of London last Wednesday, to witness the commemorative sound and light display, Beyond The Deepening Shadows: The Tower Remembers by Designer Tom Piper and Sound Artist Mira Calix. Yeoman Warders, members of the armed forces and a team of volunteers proceeded to light the installation, gradually creating a circle of light, radiating out from the Tower as a symbol of remembrance.

Lighting The Torches It was so evocative, eerily beautiful and a thought provoking tribute to those who fought and died during the First World War. With an estimated 40,000 visitors watching on Wednesday evening, I felt lucky to have a view and was delighted to be able capture some images, so that I could portray the emotional impact that this event has had on me.

Deepening ShadowsAs the Yeoman Warders directed the many volunteers to their areas, I couldn’t help but think of prisoners of war, paraded in line, heads hung low, their steps measured and cautious. Under spotlight and the wavering flames of the torches, shadows appeared on the Tower wall. They could have been the shadows of lost soldiers. Wilfred Owen’s poem Dulce et Decorum est came straight to mind:

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.

Shadows of RemembranceI felt like I was looking down into those dreadful trenches, transported into the past and standing witness to the extraordinary sacrifice of so many. The music was hauntingly beautiful, an extra dimension to this evolving installation. You can download it free HERE to hear the words of war poet Mary Borden’s Sonnets to a Soldier in this specially commissioned piece of choral music.

The Deepening Shadows Of The TowerSet against the backdrop of the Tower with it’s own history as a palace, a fortress, a prison, a museum, with the walls covered in so much of the symbolism associated with wartime, this was a stark reminder of the tragedy of war. I want to say a personal thank you to the Historic Royal Palaces, the Tower Of London and all those involved in the production from it’s conception through to the final note, the extinguishing of the last flame. I was moved to tears.

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ShareMondays2018 – What Am I?

What Am I?

ShareMondays2018 – What Am I?

Need a clue or two?

1)¬†I haven’t fully grown yet!
2) I am growing from the duff
3) I thrive in the damp
4) I live under a golden canopy
5) I will pop if hit by a raindrop!
6) My skin is very tough
7) Believe it or not I’m edible!!

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Weald Way Woods

Chestnut Woods

Weald Way Woods

This beautiful woodland sits on land alongside the ancient Weald Way. In Spring the ground is carpeted with bluebells, now, in Autumn it’s crisp with leaf litter and bracken. The golden light in the late afternoon barely breaks through the canopy of leaves remaining on the trees. Even on a really chilly, late October weekend, I felt the warmth.

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ShareMondays2018 – My Own Impression

My Own Impression

ShareMondays2018 – My Own Impression

This was the scene I wanted to see at Bushy Park but the mist had lifted at this point! I loved the poise and composition with this stag by the lake though and had to create my own impression. A bit of Nik Analog Efex and some Topaz overlays soon brought my vision together! I also processed it with more detail using Topaz Clarity. Which scene do you prefer?

The Willow Wept

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Ghost In The Machine

Ghost In The Machine

Ghost In The Machine

Amazing what you can do from the comfort of your sofa when you’re not very well! I’d had to draw the curtains in the bright afternoon light, it really wasn’t helping the headache. That’s when I became rather captivated by the shapes and swirls from my vape (e-cigarette) in the shaft of golden light slanting in between the curtains. Piecing a few photos together the results started shouting H R Giger at me! I feel more experimental Vape-art could be coming this way soon. Sharing this for today’s Fotospeed weekend photography challenge.

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ShareMondays2018 – Intensely Autumn

Intensely Autumn

ShareMondays2018 – Intensely Autumn

A quick edit on my phone of this scene from NT Winkworth Arboretum went down rather well with family and friends on Facebook on Saturday, so I figured it needed a proper process and a bigger audience!