You can now find some of my images taken around Mersea Island on the Secret Mersea Island facebook page along with many more pictures and history from this unique place on the Essex coast. The page is run by Paula Shaw and is updated regularly.
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I went to a re-enactment that was an inspirational event, which brought to life the lives of the men and women of the armed forces during WW2.
Having heard one of the re-enactors tell me that because he had taken on the role of a German soldier he was accused of being a Nazi and a fascist I felt the urge to create something which showed the importance of what is essentially for them a hobby and not an expression of political ideals.
With an abundance of knowledge and stories both from personal and family experiences these people showed a dedication to bringing history to life. They do not glorify war nor subscribe to any political agenda.
I feel that if schools were allowed to attend these events as part of the curriculum it would show an insight that no book or film could ever match. It may also go some way to showing that something like this should never be allowed to happen again.
I have created this poster to look like the ones used during the war in style and colour. Click on it to see more images from the day.
I love the music of The Doors and spent some time reading about them as well as listening to their work. The Doors took their name from the Aldous Huxley book
"The Doors of Perception", written in 1954. Aldous Huxley took the title of his
book from a poem by William Blake "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" which has
the line "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to
man as it is, infinite." Aldous Huxley wrote his book about a mescaline trip,
which is from the psychedelic cactus Peyote used by American Indians in
religious ceremonies for thousands of years.
Forests way bridge over the River Roding near Abridge in Essex. The two images show the bridge before and after heavy rainfall. You can see the water level has risen several feet in a matter of a couple of days.
I created a series of images based around food and drink, which started life as stock images (some of which still are) and some ended up more like landscapes, like 'Water' on this page.
'Brain Salad' below is now a T shirt design as well as all the usual printed image formats.