Starting in April 2007 and ceasing in September 2011, the bodies of deceased servicemen and women of the British Armed Forces were repatriated to RAF Lyneham in Wotton Bassett. Nobody ever arrived home to an empty street. Current and retired servicemen and women lined the streets along with civilians including the family and friends of the service person in order to pay their respects. The events were incredibly poignant. However in September ’11 the repatriation location moved to RAF Brize Norton meaning that Wootton Bassett no longer welcomed home men and woman to the so-called Highway of Heroes. I was privileged to attend some of the repatriations and stand amongst many paying their respects. The turnouts were amazing – and if any moment can make you feel proud to be British, that was one of them.
Sunsets are a staple food of any basic diet. Without those beautiful evening hues and fantastic cloud formations framed entirely by a flaming sun – a day wouldn’t properly end. Regardless of whether or not we actually get to see a Sunset is besides the point. They still happen. Being able to capture the events on camera is certainly a privilege and for me is one of the best aspects of being a Photographer. Not only do I get to see those marvelous colours and skies that look like they’ve been set on fire – but I also get the chance to share it.
Tintern Abbey is a beautiful Cistercian Abbey set in the heart of the Wye Valley in Wales. I was lucky enough to visit this year and managed to catch the Abbey at the perfect moments both with the sunshine streaming through and with the elements rolling in later in the afternoon. Abbeys are quite inspiring places in terms of Photography and Architecture and this one in particular is worth having a wander around with the camera.
Netley Abbey is the most complete surviving Cistercian Monastery in the South of England. Almost all the walls of its 13th century church are still standing. Situated in Southampton it’s accessible to locals and those coming from further afield. The Abbey, even in ruins, was influential inspiring both Romantic writers and Poets in the past.
Beaulieu was another Abbey that suffered during the times of Dissolution when Monasteries across England were disbanded. However, similar to Tintern and Netley, Ruins have been preserved and even restored in some places over the years to present the wondrous examples of Architecture that you see here today. The Abbey was founded in 1204 on land given to the monks by King John.
Each time I visit or read about Stonehenge I have a rush of gratefulness that I am close enough to enjoy views of the rock formation pretty much whenever I want to. I have been photographing the area extensively for over five years now and have never captured the stones in the same light. Archaeologists believe the iconic stone monument was constructed anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The purpose of the stones and indeed the curious answer as to how they got where they are today is widely disputed by pretty much everyone!