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I am astounded at how you are able to capture the profile left in the countryside of those terrible times, you must be very pleased with your efforts.

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The remnants of what once was are just about visible which makes them intriguing, along with the mist and the grain everything joins together. Very haunting and atmospheric,
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Thanks all for the very kind comments. It means much, because if these photographs really are any good, most of the thanks should go back to Martin, Ian and the members of this forum.

For those who haven't been here - I should imagine many have - it is a strange and rather haunting place, yet one where one often feels a sense of peace which is very much at odds with the events of 99 years ago. Not always so though. The attacks of July 1st completely broke against the German lines here, and the garrison remained defiant until November 13th, when it finally yielded to the 51st Highland Division. The decaying remains of the hundreds who fell in July lay out on these churned and squalid fields until then, indeed until the following spring when the conditions improved sufficiently to begin to gather them in. Rose Coombs, when writing her seminal guide to the battlefields 35 or so years ago, was here in the minutes following a sudden and violent thunderstorm, and claimed to have been almost overcome by the stench of putrefaction as the ground dried.

When I first visited 15 years ago, there was still much iron lying about - wire pickets and rusting munitions and equipment, and older visitors recall helmets and rifles, but it is all rather ordered now, and one is not permitted to wander away from the pathways, though I admit that the fog on this occasion offered quiet licence.

Many of the tunnels and saps built by both sides remain extant, indeed apparently often in excellent condition, chiselled through solid chalk deep under the park and the surrounding fields, but they cannot be visited. Those nearer the surface are often blocked by mud that has carried down, but there have been one or two expeditions into the abyss by research groups following collapses that have exposed previously unknown entrances.

I think this is the lot from my two recent visits (do I hear a collective sigh of relief..), and I plan to complete the project with one hopefully snowy winter visit, and a further one on the spring to complete the 'In Parenthesis' theme in Mametz Wood.
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Toby,

You know what I think of your work and I can add nothing over and above what has already been said other than - superb.



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quote:

Steve 734 wrote:

Toby,

You know what I think of your work and I can add nothing over and above what has already been said other than - superb.




hear hear

(and I especially love the first and last of these latest ones)

Knowing the history there is an eerie stillness to the last which is very powerful and should be the last image in your book on this ( there will be a book I hope?)


This is truly a work of Art Toby, very well done



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Lovely sets, images like this work so well as part of a set, a joy to look at.

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Excellent. Like 'em all...
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Re: Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont-Hamel


Nothing more to add Toby to that which both I and others have already said about this whole series.
I would love to attend an illustrated talk on your field of expertise which is obviously quite considerable.

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I always welcome critique of my images but prefer to try recommended edits myself.
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Many thanks again.

Plans are developing for a series of two exhibitions to be held held locally next year, which will combine with a talk given by Graeme Cooper, Essex neighbour, a friend of many years and founder member of The Guild of Battlefield Tour Guides, on the Somme battle. I intend to take this further, with a combined performance with readings of the poetry and prose which informs the photos, including JRR Tolkien, Edmund Blunden, David Jones, Seigfreid Sassoon, Robert Graves, AA Milne, Raymond Asquith, 'Bim' Tennant and many others, all of whom were there, and several of whom remain so. I intend there to be a book too.

The initial shows will be at two local village halls, Moreton and Magdalen Laver, no firm plans for any of the others yet, though I intend to talk to Chelmsford Cathedral in the new year. Not too far Mike, I would be thrilled if you were to come. Much, much work to be done yet though.

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