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B17 The Mighty 8th

387bn LRGWhen I took these images I had always had in mind that they should form part of a set. It has taken me a long time to start processing them. And the processing itself has taken a few weeks; giving time for the style of these images to mature, and for me to be happy with the style and feeling they convey.

With all of my photography the artistic intent takes front stage over everything else, and I aim to present the strongest message I can to the viewer. With my aircraft photography it has always been my intention to be sympathetic to the era in which the aircraft was flown. With these images I also wanted to tell a story. It was very apparent that the story could not be told with just one picture, so a set of images that could be displayed together was required. Through these images I want transport you back to the 1943 European theatre of operations and the Mighty Eight Airforce. And for me nothing does it better than watching the B17 Flying Fortress and listening to 4 P&W radial piston engines growl and purr in unison.

I have selected a set of photographs starting with take off and ending with returning to the airfield. And to transport my imagination and hopefully yours to 1943 I had to play around with the original photographs. Now many people who follow my photography were probably expecting a monochrome conversion, and little grain to give that "olde" world feeling. And I am still tempted by the idea as I write this. For this series I wanted something different, colour film was available in 1943 just not that common. I have processed these a colour set of images complete with faded colours, a slight texture mimicking damage to the film emulsion layer over time, and added a vignette for good measure replicate light fall of at the edge of the frame from less than perfect optics.

The adages " A picture speaks a thousand words" maybe true. However all photographs or any art form is open to interpretation, photographs are created through the photographers lens and should carry his or her message. But our own lens through which we see is filtered by our own experiences so sometimes the message changes when it's read by the viewer. It became very difficult to title the images, as simple phrases alone did not provide enough direction to make the viewer think about the story these photographs represent So the short multimeida show below is accompanied by a few words to make you think about what these photographs and the dedicated enthusiasts who keep these old Warbirds flying.


 B-17 The Mighty 8th Audio Visual Presentation

 


B17 The Mighty 8th A Photographic Tribute - Gallery

 

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It Wasn’t The Beginning. It was the beginning of the End

Brian Northmore Photography River Photograph

January 2021 did not deliver on the promise we had created in our subconscious. We should not have been surprised, nothing was guaranteed, the thoughts of suddenly flipping to normality on the stroke of midnight were constructed in our own minds. And normality has so many different connotations. For me, and I probably speak for many landscape photographers that meant the right to roam the open spaces with a camera, tripod, wherever and whenever. And although a solitary pastime for many landscape photographers, we had to watch with dismay as joggers ran by in the park but walking on your own the purpose to take photographs miles from anyone else was frowned upon and not a reasonable reason to leave home. I'm not going to politicise landscape photography so back to the subject at hand.

Each and every one of us has the right to choose. What to do in any situation, so as a photographer and content creator it was an opportunity. I have spent  lot of time reflecting and looking at my photography and what I had learnt over the last 12 months. The biggest change has not been in my photography but my reason for being a photography. The reason was always there but I had never stopped and really thought about it. I had asked myself at a very low level why I take photographs, but never searched for a deeper meaning. I go into what I found on a few Videos so if you have not watched them check out my YouTube Channel. This year I will continue to explore the meaning behind my photography

So January wasn't the beginning we had hoped for. But it was the beginning of the end of restrictions, the beginning of vaccinations, and for me the beginning of a deeper connection with the landscape through my photography.

I have wanted to explore a new landscape for a long time. And hopefully, now we can all look towards being able to do that.

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