This is presented in a booklet, the first page is a clear acetate sheet which was produced in the following way: My own DPM British Army Combat Jacket was scanned on my flatbed scanner. Then having gained the actual service numbers of soldiers from my former Battalion who had fallen in the service of their country, their numbers were added in red. Then this was printed out.
The next stage saw a pure white piece of paper added behind this acetate sheet (to accentuate the jackets pattern and colours and the vivid red 8 or 5 figured service numbers). The flowers were photographed on monochrome film and then the finished print was selenium toned for a long period of time to give the finished desired effect. The print was then mounted in a green coloured card window mount.
The flowers are red roses, I printed them slightly darker than normal to add to the mood and atmosphere of the finished print and to be in line with the sombre nature of the assignment.
All Non-Commissioned Soldiers in the British Army (that's those of the rank of Private all the way up to Warrant Officer First Class) are issued with an eight digit number when they join. Those who are Commissioned Officers (from the rank of 2nd Lieutenant all the way up to Field Marshall) are issued with a five digit service number.
Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.
For one of my assignments for the Higher National Diploma (Design) Photography Course that I did at Bradford & Ilkley Community College, 1998-2001.
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