It was a pleasure to be invited to take the official images for Boxted’s tribute to both those who fought in WW1 – and the people back home who kept the village going through desperate times.
This centenary event – The Eve of Peace Concert – was expertly organised by Annette Whybrow at St Peter’s Church, Boxted.
The Church was packed full, with the Boxted Methodist Silver Band positioned in the choir stalls and WW1 memorabilia beautifully displayed in the churches windows and alcoves. There was a great family atmosphere – with all ages present from Boxted Primary School pupils right through to our village’s oldest residents.
The schoolchildren presented a project of what life in Boxted would look like in a further hundred years, Boxted Amateur Players enacted a touching scene of a soldier, mother and wife reading genuine letters from wartime – and many villagers read poems and book excerpts which brought the wartime years to life in poignant detail.
The Silver Band played rousing tunes and the extremely talented Joanna Arnold sang both sad wartime laments and uplifting songs – such as ‘Caberet’ and ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square’.
We had delicious refreshments in the interval, kindly provided by Boxted WI.
The villagers thoroughly enjoyed the evening, which was rounded off with us all singing a stirring rendition of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.
I decided to do some experimenting in my spare time to produce some images of my partner’s Hi-Fi – with the idea of creating a unique present for him. Hi-Fi is his ‘thing’. When he’s not listening to it, he’s reading the internet forums about it, or working on a new turntable restoration …
It was really good fun playing around with some muted lighting and my 100mm macro lens – and it actually resulted in selling a few images to clients. This was my favourite photograph from the shoot, which I had on display at a local cafe for a while -:
I was very pleased to sell the original – and received a commission to produce a similar image using a client’s treasured Elvis LP. I had to learn all about photo-merging for that one, as the record label was less distinctive. The Led Zeppelin Swanson label was a much more iconic image to capture.
Do you know anyone who loves vinyl enough to have their very own version of a favourite LP ..?
As I have gained experience with my photography over the past few years, I have decided to specialise in my Pet Photography, with my Flower & Automotive projects following close behind.
Despite this, I wanted a site that drew all my work together, with the ability for visitors to delve more deeply into a particular subject if they so wished. I love the challenge of taking so many different subjects and people who knew of my work started to come to me to ask for help with things – things that they knew I would do a great job with, even though they were not my ‘specialist subjects’. That’s how I got into doing portraiture and family events. I don’t want to be confined by any rules that say I need to stick to one genre as I love being versatile – although my pet photography will always be my main ‘focus’.
My thoughts about future blogging on this site are that I will post on all aspects of my photography world – because at the end of the day – if I’m behind the lens of a camera, I’m happy …