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The Lady Shows Her Medals

By Nick_w      
First of all a big thanks to all the user awards and HC on the last image. I can't begin to tell you how much it means to me as its such a personal piece of work.


Next year marks the centenary of the start of the first world war. It affected virtually every family across Europe and the commonwealth (or more correctly the Empire at the time), and many in North America. I have uploaded this now as it is 100 years since my grandfather signed up, in 1913 aged just 14. It was a time when tensions were really building in the Balkans when the old imperial powers were flexing their muscles.

This is a passage from "The Echos of War" by J M Barrie, more famous for Peter Pan, but this was probably a more poiniant piece of work.

This is dedicated to the women of the era, those left behind to pick up the pieces and morn their loved ones. I have copies of letters sent to my grandmother, who lost one brother in the war, another soon after, as a direct result of gassing, a very close cousin (the letter from his commanding officer is so poignient), she believed she had lost her fiancee (my grandfather) who was posted missing in action, but was infact captured.

Over the next 12 months I will be doing several still lifes on this theme (and this image is WIP). I hope some day, when time permits to use them in a Family History book. I researched my history years ago and would like to someday record it in such a way that allows other family members to read it in full.

Tags: Still life Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro Coins Ww1 Medals Flash and lighting J M Barrie

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SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
27 Dec 2013 12:39PM
I'm looking forward to seeing the many programmes on WW1, not to see the gore and death, but because I don't know much about it compared with WW2. Good luck with your family history book. Sadly I didn't find anyone in my family who went to war at that time but it must be poignant to find personal letters and keepsakes, and it's a lovely idea to preserve it all.

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Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
27 Dec 2013 12:48PM
I'm sure if you look closely Chris you will find them. However the records are sketchy as many were lost in ww2 bombing raids. It's easy to find the records of the dead, unfortunately not as easy for those that made it through. I visited part of the western front this year, with my daughter - it was very touching how many cemeteries there were, must have been over a dozen at Wytschaete, and that's only a hamlet. You could see Ypres church from there, god knows how many there was there.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
27 Dec 2013 1:01PM
How lucky you are to have all the old letters. Thankfully your ancestors kept them safe and now you are making it possible for all the relatives to see and read them. This is put together well and I'm looking forward to more.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
27 Dec 2013 6:20PM
Plenty of memories on show here Nick,a grand collection.
Not 100% sure about the object on the left of the frame ( Looks like a cork) being only half there though.I can go with only some of the other stuff showing but that piece just jars the composition a little for me.
This looks ok but I reckon there is better to come.
User_Removed 5 10 4 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2013 7:03PM
So very well done

viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2013 11:03PM
An excellent still life and clearly one that means so much to you.

dathersmith 11 559 12 England
28 Dec 2013 4:36PM
Superb still life once again Nick, all the best for 2014.

LesF 11 182 9
28 Dec 2013 5:10PM
An interesting project ahead Nick and a great start.


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