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photoblog image National Memorial Arboretum 3/7

National Memorial Arboretum 3/7

This amazing sculpture is one of several in the centrepiece of the National Memorial Arboretum, the Armed Forces Memorial, where the inside walls are inscribed with the names of all those in our forces who have lost their lives in conflicts since WWII. As you can see I have converted this picture to B.& W. with what I hope is a very strong finish.         I entered it into a competition at my club in October as a 16” x 12” print entitled ‘Stretcher Bearers’ and won the ‘Open Subject’ class. You can see the winning entries here          If you have a few minutes you might like to watch my own YouTube audio/visual for Armistice Day here

National Memorial Arboretum 3/7

This amazing sculpture is one of several in the centrepiece of the National Memorial Arboretum, the Armed Forces Memorial, where the inside walls are inscribed with the names of all those in our forces who have lost their lives in conflicts since WWII. As you can see I have converted this picture to B.& W. with what I hope is a very strong finish.         I entered it into a competition at my club in October as a 16” x 12” print entitled ‘Stretcher Bearers’ and won the ‘Open Subject’ class. You can see the winning entries here          If you have a few minutes you might like to watch my own YouTube audio/visual for Armistice Day here

comments (17)

This is a beautiful image of a remarkable memorial, Brian. I enjoyed your YouTube video as well.
Brian Walbey: Yes it is part of a much larger memorial. Thanks for watching my video, the other link to my club didn't work, you can catch up if you wish at https://www.flickr.com/photos/shepshedcameraclub/sets/72157660082116800
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Nov 2015, 05:01
This is a wonderful statue for the memorial. Later this afternoon I will look at the video, have to go to work now.
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Astrid. I hope you 'enjoy' my video.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Nov 2015, 06:39
I'm not surprised this was a class winner Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris. the link to my club wasn't working earlier on, it is now at https://www.flickr.com/photos/shepshedcameraclub/sets/72157660082116800
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston, Bath
  • 11 Nov 2015, 06:52
And thank you for giving us so much to see, Brian. And this is excellent
Brian Walbey: A pleasure Lisl. The link to my club wasn't working earlier on, it is now at https://www.flickr.com/photos/shepshedcameraclub/sets/72157660082116800
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Nov 2015, 07:42
Yes, it is horrible to realise how many persons lost their lives in military conflicts since WWII - partly wars that were not necessary like the war in Iraque -and see all the consequences of those conflicts in Near East and otherwhere we are aware till now ... Sadly, I cannot look at your video here.
This has to be one of the most powerful sculptures I have ever seen, a tragic moment in time being captured
Brian Walbey: It is part of a much larger piece Martin, thanks for your comment.
I can see why this won the Open Subject class, Brian. Well done and deserved!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Ginnie. My link to the Open class pictures now works! it is at https://www.flickr.com/photos/shepshedcameraclub/albums/72157660082116800
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2015, 08:47
Now this was going to be own own choice for today (but in colour) but I changed my mind! B&W suits this very well. Off to look at your links now.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2015, 08:50
I enjoyed the video; were they your photos? I can't get to your photo competition, though; there does not seem to be a clickable link.
Brian Walbey: The link works now at https://www.flickr.com/photos/shepshedcameraclub/albums/72157660082116800
It certainly deserved winning the "Open subject" class Brian! Well done indeed.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Nov 2015, 09:46
A great picture, it is. I took a look at your Youtube and still am crying. Not for England, but for what has become of my country. Under national service I had to fight the 'enemy' and their supporting forces from places like Cuba. I have seen many pay the highest price for an injust cause. The guys on the other side, fought the just cause - were on the moral high ground. That is my view point, then and now. But when the bullets and ordinance start flying, you have to look after yourself. You can't save your best friend after they received a direct hit on their armoured car. I can only remember him, as there was nothing left to bury.

Now, we get to the remembrance part. The guys on the moral high ground took over government of my country. My street has a different name, my school has a different name and colours. Soon my city will have a different name. Our provinces are different. The joke is when a man wearing a T-shirt showing his support of the governing party, ask you where is this street (he uses the new name) and I ask him whether he knows where is this street (I use the old name). He answer yes, it is one block further on. Then I explain the name change and with an embarrassed smile he thank me and continues to his destination.

The most disconcerting is how those who held the moral high ground have changed. From the iconic Madiba to the current low point. His political party has no time to return to the high ground, because for some unfathomable reason, they have decided to apply all their resources to keep the Low Point from going to jail. How can they even imagine that anyone with average intelligence will believe the drivel they are selling.

In my country, there is no heritage and theretofore no remembrance. My friend who was pulverised in a cloud of blood and grit - I still see it in all technicolour in my mind - only has his name written on a gravestone in some forlorn overgrown graveyard, where his now dead parents buried a token coffin one summer day, long ago. A couple of years ago, I was there and the stone was face down - had to re-plant it. In the graveyard it was clear that those who came there don't revere those buried there. Lots of filth and evidence that it may be the playground of junkies, who came to take a look at their future.

Oh, yes. Those guys and girls on the moral high side, who paid the ultimate price - may have their names up as the new street names, school names, etcetera. See the word MAY. A street near my house was changed to remember a guy that was involved in the so-called struggle, but lost his life some ten years ago, when driving drunk on the highway and he lost control of his S-class Mercedes.

I have stopped crying, because it is therapeutic to violate somebody's (Brian's) blog and tell a story.
That is one fantastic piece to use as a memorial. Excellent photo too with the conversion.
Brian Walbey: It's part of a larger memorial Mary.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Nov 2015, 15:54
I can see why you won with this very moving picture
Brian Walbey: Thanks Anne, this is indeed a very moving sculpture.
You must have been following Chris around!
Brian Walbey: Yes a very similar sort of posting.
A fine picture of this wonderful memorial Brian. You cannot fail to be moved by this centrepiece of the National Memorial Arboretum
Brian Walbey: I also found Alan's posting from the same place very moving, the light and the words worked so well together.
this is very impressive, Brian - the sculpture as well as your shot of it
Brian Walbey: It is a fine memorial sculpture Ayush, it's nice to know you folks feel I've done it justice.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Nov 2015, 19:23
Impressive YouTube with great music.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid. The music is Nimrod from Elgars Enigma Variations, one of the best known classical works in the U.K.because of its use for the national Remembrance parade in London. It is a piece I have wanted to use for a sequence for a long while and last week I was able to show that sequence at two different Ladies Fellowship meetings, one at a nearby village and the other at our own church, the timing couldn't have been better and it was much appreciated.

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