This morning I spent an hour or so wandering around a very misty Clifton Street Cemetery in Swindon. It was lovely and not spooky at all, as much as I wanted it to be!!!! and unfortunately didn’t see any strange happenings. This cemetery is fascinating as it has lots of old G.W.R. workers graves as well as Commonwealth War Graves. I have only been round a small part of it so far and intend to spend a lot more time there looking around and photographing the graves.
Well, I have decided to change the focus (excuse the pun)of my photography. I have found it just too difficult to achieve a ‘business’ in Journalism and PR work. There simply is just not enough to go round. Certainly around here in the Swindon area there isn’t. So I have decided that rather than take on jobs I don’t enjoy doing I will only do what I enjoy. That means I will still do some journalism work but only interesting stuff. I will keep on doing as much of the music photography as I can as I really enjoy that and do more documentary work. It is so nice just wandering around with the camera with no pressure to produce anything at all. I am not sure if I should start another blog or to just keep this one. At the moment I am thinking of just keeping this one as it is really still photojournalism.
These images are from one of the local cemeteries which I walked through on the way to town and just could not resist getting the camera out for a few shots. I will definitely be returning for a proper wander around.
I hope you find them interesting.
Halloween came early to Swindon today. Staff and musicians at That’s Entertainment Music and Video Store in Swindon all dressed up in spooky costumes to entertain customers. I was really pleasantly surprised by how much effort into the clothes and makeup they had made, in my opinion they looked really really good. The music fest was arranged and sponsored by Alan Homes of Homes Music. Well done Alan and well done That’s Entertainment.
Yesterday I attended the Repatriation of Cpl William Savage and Fusilier Samuel Flint of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland at Brize Norton. The soldiers were two of the three who were killed by a road side bomb in Afghanistan on the 30th April.
Despite absolutely awful weather of driving rain and 50mph winds hundreds turned out to send them on their way.
Particularly sad was watching the 27 year old wife of Cpl William Savage who is expecting their son shortly.
What was also interesting for me was I hooked up with the other photographers there from Getty, Reuters, AFP etc and had some very interesting discussions about the state of the industry!!!
Back to the repatriation though, I believe that even if you dont support what is happening in Afghanistan etc if the opportunity arrises you should try to go to at least one repatriation service. It is an experience. For me despite going to pretty much all of them and having published a successful book of images and poems about them in Wootton Bassett I still really feel for the families of those that have fallen.
Well it depends where you come from.
This is not a new photograph. In fact I took it prob about 5 or 6 years ago. Why? Well I was just wandering around the graveyard of The Christ Church on Cricklade Rd Swindon and came across this headstone. It really interested me as do a lot of Military grave stones. So I did a little bit of research.
Private Raymond Dunn was in 2 Para and was 20 years old when he died on the 27th August 1979. He was one of the 18 Soldiers killed at the Warren Point Massacre, a guerilla assault by the Provisional IRA South Armagh Brigade.
Raymond Dunn died in a Military Conflict, like modern day conflicts, did he want to be there?, did he understand why he was there? did he die believing in a cause or because he was just unlucky to have been sent there? Was he part of an occupying force that should never have been there?
Hero or Villain, you have to decide.