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Friday, 17 April 2009

PROJECTS: THE NORMANDY VETERANS - (LEST WE FORGET)

This project came about after I had just watched Stephen Spielberg's epic film "Saving Private Ryan". Due to my own military background I knew that not only the Americans had participated in the largest military seaborne operation in history on the morning of 6th June 1944. British, Canadian and many other nations on the Allied side took part.

After initial research I contacted the local branch of the Normandy Veterans Association and I was invited to accompany them on one of their annual pilgrimages to Normandy. This was a very educational and emotional journey for me. I later returned to Normandy to continue research and photography upon this project.

Out of all my projects to date this one has being the most emotionally charged out of them all. If you have visited Normandy and the battle sites and more importantly the many war cemeteries there must be something seriously wrong with you if you were not moved to tears.

From the outset of this project I never meant to glorify war (there are never any winners in war only losers). This was a project that I had to do to tell a story in some small way about a generation that is fast fading from living memory. In my opinion we all owe this generation so much for our present day freedom and way of life.

I spent a total of four years working with and for this branch upon this project, in that time I came to know many of the Veterans (some who had being evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk, fought in the Desert against the Africa Korps and then landed on either Sword or Gold Beaches on D-Day).

Sadly the ravages of time have caught up with many of these old warriors and many are now longer with us. Therefore the resulting exhibition touring programme and relevant publicity hopefully made their stories known to a new audience and a different generation.

This Project is dedicated to the memory of the following: Bob Thompson, Tom Lyons, Len Pounder, Maxwell Vernon Hearst, John Smith and Alf Mellors. And many other like them.

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All the photographs featured on this blog spot were taken on Canon analog 35mm SLR cameras which included: Canon A1, Canon AE1 (non-programme) and Canon T90. The Canon A1 was rendered useless after prolonged exposure to salt spray residue, and the AE1 suffered a malfunction, and one of my T90s just packed up on me during a photographic shoot.

Most of my camera equipment was initially purchased brand new, then as the years have past I have purchased second-hand equipment. But the vast majority of equipment I currently possess is well over twenty years old.

Canon FD lenses used were: 28, and 35mm wide angle, 50mm standard, 35-105mm short telephoto zoom and a 70-210mm large telephoto zoom lenses. Also used was a loaned Mamiya 645 with 50 and 80mm lenses. My favourite combination is a T90 fitted with the 35-105mm lens with an Hoya orange filter. I use Hoya orange, red, neutral density, and skylight filters. Hoya and Canon lens hoods. A Canon remote cable. I have used a great Metz 45 CT-4 flashgun for many years. I used this for the bounced and fill-in flash for some of the documentary and portraiture work.

Studio flash used was Courtenay brolly flash (just two heads fitted with soft boxes) at Hull Community Artworks studio (sadly this excellent local arts facility closed in 2001). Billingham and Tamrac camera bags (the Billingham is a old model that I have had for years - wonderful bags). The Tamrac one is a medium sized back pack type bag. Slik Black Diamond 88, and 500 DX Pro tripods. A Cullmann touring set (which consists of a light tripod, ball and swivel head, all-purpose clamp, suction cap, and a ground spike). I presently have three Canon T90 and one A1 SLR cameras.

Film used was mainly 35mm (with some 120mm). Ilford Delta monochrome negative print film, 100 asa (a few rolls of 400 asa as well). Ilford HP5 and FP4 (400 and 125 asa respectively). Fuji Neopan 400 asa. Various Fuji colour film. Photographic chemicals: Ilford ID-11 and Microphen film developers. Agfa Rodinal fine grain film developer, and Ilford Hypam fixer.

Photographic paper: Ilford Multigrade IV VC paper, Fibre based VC paper including warm and cool tone. Kentmere Velvet Stipple and Art Document papers. Kodak selenium toner. Barclay and Fotospeed sepia toners, and Colorvir blue toner. Durst M60 and Meopta 5 enlargers fitted with 50 and 80mm Schneider lenses. Kenro negative sheets and Jessops negative folders.

Most of my photography involves the use of the camera being securely mounted onto the tripod, with the shutter set to the 10 second delay. I bracket my exposures (relying on the excellent Canon in-camera meter). My aperture settings are usually between F5.6 and F22. In the vast majority of cases the very first exposure I take is usually the correctly exposed one.

Finished photographic prints (spotted if needed). At the 10 x 8 inch size are then scanned on an Epsom 1660 photo perfection scanner using Adope Photoshop CS2 at the 5.5 x 3.5 inch image or canvas size, 150 dpi and at the 750 x 550 pixels size, and saved as for the web. The only thing that is manipulated is the brightness balance and contrast levels.

DON'T FORGET

"It is the soldier, not the minister, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to fair protest.

It is the soldier, not the politician, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."

From: "Fighting for Queen and Country,
by Nigel 'Spud' Ely. Blake Publishing London, 2007.
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