This year marks the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, to mark the occasion I would like to make a monument to the memory those who have fought and died to give us our freedom, not only at Passchendaele but in every war and conflict in which our armed forces have been and are deployed in. And also to honour the courage of those who keep us safe during these turbulent times at home. Like the emergency services personnel who respond to the terror threats and emergencies that have plagued us recently.
London has survived so much, and is still surviving. London has a spirit that is untouchable. We have come together in strength in the face of recent atrocities and disaster as well as the blitz during the war. New Year for me, as for so many people marks the coming together with loved ones, and friends old and new, to celebrate so much, be it change, progress, a fresh start, a clean slate, forgiveness, the future or a new beginning; all of which have one thing in common.
Anyone who sees this photograph can experience in the joy of this event, the beauty of our Capital and maybe it will inspire in others all over the world what so many have fought and died for and what London inspires in me; Hope.
I first saw this view over 3 years ago when I was looking for locations to shoot the New Year’s Fireworks display from. This beautiful composition of London’s amazing architecture was breath-taking. When I saw this vista I could visualise in my mind’s eye the image I wanted to make. You will often hear about creative people’s pre-visualisation – this was mine. I could see it, smell it, and taste it, and most importantly I Imagined it.
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There were a great many hurdles between me and this image, bureaucracy, security, terror threats, terror attacks, politics, and the proximity of the building to Buckingham Palace was also an issue who’s roof I wanted to borrow. I started the negotiation process for this in January last year right after I shot the display before in order to pursue this as a solo project. Now, It’s done and finished, I feel as though a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Many people have been instrumental in helping a tenacious artist’s vision come true.
I would like to thank Hasselblad for believing in my idea and supporting my passion and supplying their flagship medium format The H6D100c, Vanguard Photo UK for their award-winning tripods that were perfect for the task at hand. Olympus UK for the OM-D E-M1 Mkii that I filmed the display with, my local friendly camera store that I have been a patron of since I was a child buying my Dragon 32 games SRS Microsystems for helping cement it all together. Lastly, Land Securities for granting me special access to the roof of the 100-meter brutalist monolith Portland House.
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This selection of Images was edited using Hasselblad Phocus
Happy New Year Everyone