In recent weeks I was asked to help prepare a showreel for a family members funeral. Although I would have met him sometime ago as a child I don’t actively remember meeting him, although have some memories of meeting his wife.
The lady was my great aunty Barbara and the deceased family member in turn my great uncle. Barbara is one of my fathers mothers 8 siblings with 8 girls and the one boy. Unfortunately only three are still alive.
The importance of this post is in the images. I recognise some faces but not many. It brings us to reflect upon the fact that once we have left this world, all that really survives us are the photographs which map out our lives. Mostly of happy memories of family gatherings or events. Even once those who are living now are gone, those images if still around, will be all that stands to remember them by. These people lived.
Originally built in the 1800’s to defend against a French invasion, the Verne High Angle Battery sits on top of Portland in Dorset next to HMP The Verne.
Although heavily modified during both World Wars, the layout and many of the earlier engravings are still present.
The battery sits at the top of the hill which overlooks Fortuneswell on the Island of Portland and features the remains eight gun emplacements and a small series of tunnels which would have been used to munitions storage.
The site is entirely open to visit but be aware that there is a large amount of broken glass around so its suitability for visiting with dogs is questionable. The tunnels in particular have a lot of broken glass in them.
There’s something I’ve always loved about shooting at night. It’s that ‘playground of light’. This, coupled with my love of non-place, deadpan and industrial spaces, comes together to form photographic documents the likes of which many do not consider!