They That Are Left 2010

They That Are Left, Remembrance day 2010. A quick edit of todays shots at the cenotaph in London, thank you for everyone who allowed me to photograph them in the pouring rain and thank you to my glamorous assistant Louise Pepper











60 comments:

rick grant said...

wow

Emily said...

Excellent.

Andrew Butler said...

These are absolutely stunning images.

Anonymous said...

Breathtaking images of some of the bravest men alive!
Bless em

wordsrmylife said...

Thank you. Thanks to them as well.

Aaron Phipps said...

So ruddy bloody brave.

Alvar Carretero de la Fuente said...

Great Work!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful imagery.
These men are absolute heroes and should never be forgotten.

Lest we forget, xx

Lisa Fellowes said...

Very moving, I hope they're all being looked after in the their twilight years.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking and sharing these - they are beautiful

Claire

barbara gray said...

we know nothing, do we.

Anonymous said...

Thank-you for these pictures

Anne said...

wonderful photos - thank you

Anonymous said...

Impossible to imagine the horrors that most of those brave men (if not all) have witnessed and the acts they have committed to ensure our freedom. They should be held in the highest regard and viewed as nation treasures for they are (unfortunately) a dying breed.

Fintan said...

Fantastic

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and extremely moving photographs. Thank you for sharing these. And to the heroes in the pictures, thank you so much for your bravery. x

miss amy phipps said...

Really wonderful images. The textures and expressions are fascinating x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful — thank you.

Anonymous said...

Important photographs, beautifully done. Thank you for taking them, highlights the 'lost' years of those who didn't return. We will remember them .

Anonymous said...

Thank you for these beautiful images and thank you to the people in them for their bravery. Lest we forget xx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Thank-you.

Anonymous said...

Wow, each one of them hold so much character in their faces. Beautiful men who helped change the world for the better.

londonhistorians said...

Congratulations. These are superb.

deltadam said...

Look deep into their eyes. Stunning pictures. Thank you. To the photographer, and more importantly, to them.

PaulK said...

What a stunning collection of portraits - beautifully done.

David said...

I had shivers running down my arms while looking at your photographs. Beautiful.

Dave

RatsRunThisTown said...

These are amazing man. Brilliant, moving pictures.

And Congratulations on the Stephen Fry RT! That's some serious traffic!

cathellisen said...

Wow. These are fantastic.

Give me the shivers and make me glassy-eyed at the same time. Excellent job.

Anonymous said...

Simply. Thank You

Rola Ghotmeh said...

beautiful..

Alistair said...

Fantastic portraits. A very different face of Britain compared to the 'want everything for nothing or we will throw our toys out the pram' attitude seen from the Millbank students.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures. Bless them all.

Sharon Davis said...

Gentleman number nine looks quite cheeky, god bless 'em

Anonymous said...

Moving beyond belief...

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

sarah godsill said...

humbling.
thank you.

Andy said...

Absolutely wonderful, poignant images. Well done.

Tommy Lyon said...

How do I go about purchasing some prints of these? They are really something special.

charlotte said...

these are so truly beautiful

Anonymous said...

Thank you for capturing the essence of all that Poppy Day means.

alan roberts said...

Thank you with all my heart, i will never forget the sacrifice. Alan Roberts

Jane said...

Wonderful images. Thank God we will never know the full extent of what those wonderful eyes have witnessed.

G said...

Amazing photos. The detail and texture is great.

Vanessa said...

Beautiful Photos

The "Ode of Remembrance" is an ode taken from Laurence Binyon's "For the Fallen", which was first published in The Times in September 1914.


With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children
England mourns for her dead across the sea,
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow,
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again,
They sit no more at familiar tables of home,
They have no lot in our labour of the daytime,
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires and hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the night.

As the stars shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are stary in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Lest we forget
We will remember them.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful...in a world sometimes lacking beauty these men display the beauty we must all aim to be...brave, selfless and standing together. Something we must all aspire to become. Thank you to all who served and do serve and thank you to the photographer for capturing something which words can't. Amazing and beautiful

Anonymous said...

Thank you for these stunning, breathtaking images. What a wealth of expression from each one. An incredibly moving collection.

Discovery Ark said...

Thank you for these amazing works of art to be cherished for generations to come.

I'm beginning to feel that a yearly remembrance is not really enough to say thanks and show our support and appreciation to the men and women who past and present sacrifice their lives for our peace and freedom, so I'm in great favour of artworks, statues and memorials that provide a daily visual tribute. xx

zanyzigzag said...

The title is perfect and the images are stunning. This is why I love being able to take part in a service on Remembrance Day. Thankyou for sharing these with us :) x

Annie said...

What those eyes must have seen? We must never forget.

Thank you for the wonderful photos.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, the character and lives in these faces; captured so beautifully. These photo's are gorgeous & touching.

What better proof that beauty doesn't belong to the young. Well done.

Carol said...

True grit...

Anonymous said...

Frozen in time....let us not forget history for it has allowed us our present.

Merisi said...

Beautiful portraits, very human faces of heroes,
very touching!

KatAstroFy said...

Ditto Ditto Ditto.. Truly Inspirational.. Thank You..

Uncle Gweilo said...

Thanks for this. I found a link to it on another site.

Gerald said...

Bravo.

thereferral said...

Just the most stunning images. Sometimes in remembering and honouring the fallen, we overlook the living. I hope the Imerial War Museum invests in your work.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely amazing images. Truly breathtaking, and god only knows what horror and devastation has been seen through those eyes.

Anonymous said...

Our heroes, defenders of the free world.

Anonymous said...

Great images but the context is also great.

I am sad though, that there are young people who will only see these brave survivors as old men.

These 'old men' will have carried the memories of war with them day after day and night after night.

Anyone who experiences combat lives with it forever. The fighting may have stopped, but the war is never over.

This goes for civilians as well as combatants, and I wish that everyone could realise that violence is not the answer to any problem, but it is an unfortunate truth that aggressors can not be reasoned with.

Because of this, we still need brave men and women to protect our liberty and freedom and I will always be grateful of the sacrifices they make for us.

Paul Phillips said...

Fantastic, atmospheric images. Thanks for sharing, these men are absolute heroes.

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