I have waited for three weeks for today to come around, it’s the 11th November, Remembrance Sunday. I thought that this would be a great day to capture some images of people laying poppies at the memorial.
The images that I wanted were of the poppies and small crosses that people leave to remember family members that have been lost in the many wars that the UK has taken part in.
The other images that I wanted to take were of service men and women with medals on display. This could be a difficult subject as you do not want to encroach on people at this difficult time.
I set of early and waited for the crowds to gather. I waited some distance away and started to take the images as I approached.
The view shows the street full of people but they are too far away to be of any interest. I decided to move closer to get the next shot.
Again this image shows the crowd as they wait for the service to begin. Again there is not much interest in the image but there is colour and the different styles of building can be seen. This is an image was was probably replicated through out the UK today.
For the next image I moved a lot closer, you can now see the crowd in more detail.
There are two bits of detail that I like in this image. The small group of solder cadets in the centre and the smartly dressed man wearing the hat. He is standing to attention and proudly wearing his medals. The view also shows the various ages of the crowd, both young and old.
A further image of the people watching. I caught the images of the soldier saluting. He stands out from the rest of the crowd.
Again a further image of the crowd. I concentrated on the group of Brownies and their helper at the front. Their age was in contrast the the many older people who were watching.
In contrast to the brownies the next image I took was of a group of emergency service workers standing at the front of the group. I am gradually getting closer to the images that I wanted but there was still a large number of other interesting photographs that I thought that I may be able to capture.
The next two images that I managed to take were detailed shots of a serviceman’s uniform and the medals worn by an elderly man. Both were smart and proud, both of the images captured the mood of the day.
As I moved closer I saw two men who were carrying flags. They were both from the British Legion. I don’t know if they were ex-service men , although one was wearing medals, but they looked smart. A further image captured a row of colourful medals. I wanted to get closer as I thought this would be an interesting image to capture.
I now moved in closer to the monument and as I got closer there was only a few people in from of me. You can now see some of the names of the men that died. The two ladies on the right seem to have their heads bowed reading the names on the wreaths.
I moved round to get a better view of the monument and the first view of the photograph that I wanted to capture. It was a black and white image of a soldier. The cross with it had writing on it, we will see it later.
As I waited to capture my next set of images a father and son approached. The father was explaining to the boy about a relative that had died. The young boy was holding a small teddy. I managed to capture an image of them as the dad pointed to a cross.
Looking at the image I think I should have cropped it further or framed it better so that O got the end of the mans finger.
Next I took a series of images of mainly children placing crosses in the grass. I took a number of close-ups just showing hands. I like the results.
The next image was of a small girl who was helped by her mum to place he cross into the ground.
The next images I took were of the girls hand and her mothers hand as she pressed the cross firmly into the ground.
And the mum….
You can also see the photograph that I was hoping to take images of later just in th shot on the right hand side.
I moved back not and took an image of a number of crosses. The red poppies stand out against the stone.
The next image moves closer and you can see the face of the person in the photograph.
We now get a lot closer and the detail can be seen.
I was now able to get a closeup shot of the photograph. An image of a young man who was killed in Ragoon.
The cross that had been placed in front of it was hand written with ” KOSB, L/CP William, buried Ragoon (probably meant to be Rangoon), the forgoten army. (The forgotten Army)
The writing appears to have been written by an old person, maybe the mother, sister, brother or even the wife of the serviceman.
I wonder how many times that picture and a similar cross have been placed in remembrance.
I wanted this to be the last shot of the day. It is quite moving to read the other crosses especially when you see the ages of the soldiers that were killed.
As I walked home I saw one of the two men I saw earlier carrying the flag. He was walking home with his wife and son. I thought it would be a nice image to end the day.
This was a great exercise. It really made me think about what images I wanted to capture. Some of the images especially the hands placing the crosses in the ground, the rows of medals on the men’s chests and the writing on the cross make for a rather moving day. It was a great opportunity to capture a small moment in time on a day when people remember someone that has died.