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photoblog image MONOCHROME MANIA - PART2 #8

MONOCHROME MANIA - PART2 #8

In Memory

I presented some pictures from Maddingly American War Cemetery just outside Cambridge at the time of Armistice Day last November.

This is one of the monochrome pictures I have taken at the same place. The wall behind records thousands of names of the fallen, you can just make out the several hundred in this very small section of the wall.

I can remember the weather not being kind to me on this occasion hence the picture is a bit flat with a marked lack of contrast, but I feel it is the subject matter that is important in this one.

(All of the pictures in this series were taken on B&W.film, developed and printed by me, and sometimes entered into Club competitions.  This is original monochrome work and the only digital bit is scanning the prints into Photoshop and preparing them for display here.)

MONOCHROME MANIA - PART2 #8

In Memory

I presented some pictures from Maddingly American War Cemetery just outside Cambridge at the time of Armistice Day last November.

This is one of the monochrome pictures I have taken at the same place. The wall behind records thousands of names of the fallen, you can just make out the several hundred in this very small section of the wall.

I can remember the weather not being kind to me on this occasion hence the picture is a bit flat with a marked lack of contrast, but I feel it is the subject matter that is important in this one.

(All of the pictures in this series were taken on B&W.film, developed and printed by me, and sometimes entered into Club competitions.  This is original monochrome work and the only digital bit is scanning the prints into Photoshop and preparing them for display here.)

comments (14)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 18 Feb 2009, 01:56
There is definitely a "memorial" to this image, Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, it is a very impressive place to visit, all those young American lives gone to waste.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Feb 2009, 02:24
A thought-provoking composition, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, I was trying to get a connection between the statue in the background and the crosses at the front, I think it has worked.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 18 Feb 2009, 02:25
memorials like this ensure we never forget the horrors of war!
Brian Walbey: Unfortunately Zed there are too many memorials like this round the world and in some places things don't get any better.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Feb 2009, 10:07
I don't think the lack of contrast matters at all - as you say it is the subject that is important. The white crosses stand out so well.
Ingrid
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ingrid, it was the lack of detail in the crosses that I felt could have done with improvement.
Not flat at all Brian, the white crosses stand out very well!
Brian Walbey: Thanks for you comment Richard.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 18 Feb 2009, 10:40
Wonderful image of this amazing memorial to the American soldiers. I was surprised to see it when I visited cambridge.
I have also seen a german graveyard in Ireland, where the land has been deeded to the german government.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Aussie, I presume you visited maddingly when you were over here then, a very awe inspiring place. I hope you liked Cambridge, Richard Trim comes from there and I was born a few miles down the road.
I saw WW2..and all the other wars since...and this is a stark reminder to everyone. Shall we never learn.
Brian Walbey: I don't think we will ever learn Ron, our leaders like to disregard history, they think it makes them look all powerful I think. Thanks for your comment.
  • Harv
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Feb 2009, 14:05
You can just make out the names on the wall in the background. A sobering shot.
Brian Walbey: Thans Harv, a picture, and indeed a place, that gives one a lot to think about.
  • Suzanne
  • Canada
  • 18 Feb 2009, 18:44
Some photos say a lot more than what their technical merit ever could. This is one of them. Very touching photo.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Suzanne, it is a very sad place to visit, yet picturesque at the same time.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Feb 2009, 18:54
Always a poignant images seeing such scenes as this. Makes me wonder if its worth the sacrifice, somehow.
Brian Walbey: It really isn't worth the sacrifice I don't think Alan, but even now our politicians don't learn the lessons of the past.
I've never even heard of this cemetery Brian: I'll look out for it if I'm in that part of the world
Brian Walbey: Just a few miles to the West of Cambridge Chris, well worth a visit for more reasons than just photography.
There is an unreal quality to those crosses that is very poignant
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Bill.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Feb 2009, 21:56
Very thought provoking, good contrast Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Mike.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 18 Feb 2009, 23:58
Yep, I thought I recognised it. I'm trying really hard to see if I can guess where places are before reading what people have written.

This place is just so moving, we've been there twice and both times the eyes filed with tears. It's such a fitting memorial to these men and women.
Brian Walbey: I used the phrase awe inspiring to Aussie because that is what I think this place is Ellie, it certainly makes one think, and this only one of many such places throughout the world.

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