Wednesday, 7 May 2014

pieces for peace - WW1 14 - 18

Late last year I was emailed an invitation to submit a book for the centenary celebration of WW1 at Ypres in Belgium.  It took a while to recognise that this was something I really wanted to do - not that I know of any of my family who fought in WW1 (though I am fairly certain they would have done so) but because I am so proud of my son who is an officer in the Combat Engineers Regiment and has  given seven years of service to his country.  For me, this book is a direct tribute to him as he has given me a deeper understanding of what it means when our men go off to fight in war, and how much it would mean to live in a world of peace.

I have been busy in the studio trying to bring some of my ideas into a reality and have shown a snippet of these in the photographs below.  Not all of this will end up in the book but it is a beginning.  I head overseas soon so there is a need to finalise my images and get the book made and in the post - it will be a busy week!












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    1. thanks Debby - really hoping I can pull the book together tomorrow. Will post on its completion next week some time.

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  2. Lovely stuff happening here...

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    1. Some lovely perhaps and some completely unintentional which is a bit creepy! So glad we are doing this and that I will get to visit the exhibition in Belgium.

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  3. i just love your lines, the sense of them...

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    1. Many thanks Velma - tomorrow is my day for proper printing of plates and trying to pull all the ideas together. I am using the theme of the cross to take us on the story from the crosses and barbed wire images we are so used to seeing in war images, the the images of the poppies growing up through the crosses on graves and finally to the reconciliation (I wish!) page with the cross as the symbol of friendship and love .... Hope it works

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  4. SB - looking good - it will be a piece filled with meaning and symbolism. B

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