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Saturday, 29 March 2014

SILVER BIRCH TREES


Silver Birch Trees and plants gently sway to the rhythm of the wind as it weaves it's way through these woods. I think the white plants in the foreground and beyond, covering the wood floor are 'wild garlic.'

Millington Wood, Near Pocklington, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project 2002-.

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Friday, 28 March 2014

SPECIAL BREED

I heard some sad news today, Kenneth Harman, another of the veterans that I once knew and photographed, way back in 2001 for my final assignment for my BA Honours degree course has passed away.

My sincere condolences to his wife, and all his family. I remember very clearly when I knocked at their bungalow's front door. They lived just round the corner from my eldest niece and her family.

The first thing Pearl (his wife) said to me was: "You look worn out," can I ask you some questions: "Do you get tired easily?, do you get thirsty and have to drink a lot of water?, do you have to get up during the night to go for a pee?"  Come in and let me check your blood sugar levels. This she did (I think I was 13.4). She then explained to me that both her and her husband Kenneth were diabetic.

So that's how I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. If it was not for Pearl doing my blood sugar levels and telling me to tell my GP what she had said, and found. I might have been waiting a long time before this was diagnosed and it could have made my health far worse.

Sadly another WWII veteran passes away, along with all his peers Kenneth was one of a Special Breed, the like of which we will perhaps never see again.

RIP Ken.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

POSTS


These wooden posts represent the 306 British Soldiers who where 'Shot at Dawn' by a firing squad of 12 soldiers from their own unit. Many of these soldiers were suffering from shell shock, now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Each wooden post has a number on it, along with a small metal plaque which gives the soldier's name.

Over the course of the First World War 15 Officers were sentenced to death by firing squad, however all of these were granted a royal pardon!!! The British attempted to deal with Australian soldiers in the same manner, but they were told by Australian Officers in no uncertain words what they could do.

The Shot at Dawn plot is just of many at this poignant and beautiful location. The National Armed Forces Memorial is also located here. Well worth a visit (in my opinion).

The Shot at Dawn Memorial, The National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas, Staffordshire, England. Visit www.thenma.org.uk for more details about this location.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2003-.

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

TRUNKS


In this particular monochrome photographic print you can see several  tree trunks on this sloping piece of land.

The Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Saturday, 22 March 2014

TO KNOCK OR NOT?


To knock or not? An interesting question concerning this door. Is that a door handle or a door knocker? What is not in doubt in this monochrome photographic image is the lovely texture present in the wood of this old door, and the brass door handle/knocker. Another rather interesting fact about this picture is the little face just to the left of the key hole?

Fountains Abbey, near Ripon, North Yorkshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Friday, 21 March 2014

BRANCH IN A STREAM


Like the title says, a branch in a stream. Willoughby Woods is a location from my childhood year's. It's now a popular spot for biker's to stop here and grab a bite to eat from the small cafe. It's on the road to Cadwell Park near Louth.

Willoughby Woods, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

AT THE IMPERIAL


Three monochrome photographic prints showing my "The Normandy Veterans - Lest We Forget Project," at the Imperial War Museum - Duxford. This was my largest and most notable exhibition to-date. I really appreciated the manner and way in which the staff printed, mounted, framed and presented my photographs.

This happened because I also had another exhibition of this project on exhibition at The Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln at the same time, this was autumn 2004.

This venue is a wonderful place to visit and have a day out. Located here is the Museum of my old former Regiment - The Royal Anglian Regiment and Memorial, Air Space Exhibition Hall, American Air Museum and The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Museum, and Battle of Britain Exhibition.

The Land Warfare Hall, The Imperial War Museum, Duxford near Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.

From my The Normandy Veterans - Lest We Forget Project, 1998-2002.

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

ABBEY


The wonderful archways, columns and brickwork in the ruins of this old Abbey.

Fountains Abbey, Near Ripon, North Yorkshire, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 2005.

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

AVENUE OF TREES


Looking from the Pickering Road end, towards the Anlaby Park Road end of this popular park. The trees featured are Poplar trees.

Peter Pan & Costello Park, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

NIGHT-TIME TREE MOVEMENT


In this monochrome photographic print, the tree on the right is still but the rest of the nearby trees display movement due to a long shutter speed and the wind coming off the nearby River Humber.

Near Victoria Pier, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2003-.

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Saturday, 8 March 2014

WOODLAND AT DANE'S DYKE


Featured in this monochrome photographic print are trees and grass which have shadows cast upon them by the summer afternoon sunshine. A peaceful and serene scene in this Local Nature Reserve.

Dane's Dyke, Near Bridlington, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2003-.

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Friday, 7 March 2014

FLAG AND FENCE SHADOWS


The red flag is flying and the afternoon sun casts shadows onto the sand from the wooden picket style fence. At Donna Nook, which is used by the RAF for bombing practice out on the vast sand flats at low tide. This is also a Nature Reserve which is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. Every autumn grey seals come ashore to give birth to their young.

Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, England.

From my Traces from Along the Edge Project, 2003-.

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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

ARBOREAL MOVEMENT


Featured in this monochrome photographic print is a drystone wall in the foreground, with trees in the middle distance moving in the wind.

Near Rosedale Abbey, Ryedale, North Yorkshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

SMOOTH FLOW


A slow shutter speed as resulted in very smooth looking water flowing over rocks.

The Derwent Valley, Derbyshire, England.

From no specific project as such.

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Sunday, 2 March 2014

NISSEN HUT WINDOW


This photographic print features the old and weathered wooden framed window of an old Nissen Hut. The texture and detail is very good in the rusty walls panels and wooden frame of the window.

Near Scampton, Lincolnshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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All my monochrome photography is darkroom produced. This portfolio consists of photographs from several of my projects, assignments, personal and course related work. Some of these monochrome photographic prints are then selectively toned.

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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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