The responsibility of photography

This evening I had an interesting phone call from a former member of 1189 Portsmouth Squadron ATC who had found one of my projects on my website while researching. Having been a member of the squadron all the way back in the 50’s he was seeking to show his grandchildren some of his past.

Photography has a responsibility to trigger nostalgia and to evidence the past. As photographers we are professional observers who’s job it is to document the world around us. 

Old Brewery House  

Old Brewery House

Along the themes of memory and preservation of history, this set of images are of the Air Training Corps squadron local to me in Portsmouth.

1189 Squadron was a very large part of my life for over 5 years where I was an Air Cadet.  I hold my time there responsible for many of the attributes I carry with me today as an adult and feel they made me the man I am today.

These aspects included; self respect, time management, confidence, abilities to handle pressure and presentation abilities.  This is amongst very simple things such as how to iron a shirt or a pair of trousers or how to polish a pair of shoes to the point of seeing your face.

I recently learned that, in early 2016, the unit will be leaving the building they’ve occupied for over 15 years.  While this is sad for what the building stands for I am relieved that they get to continue doing the great work they do with many more generations.

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To the unaware a lot of the images won’t mean anything at all but to those who have passed through here over the years they mean everything.  Whether it’s something as simple as the kitchen sink where I remember spending many a shift as ‘duty cadet’ washing up or the band store with instruments that have been used by literally multiple generations.

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1189 Squadron lives on and are recruiting all the time for cadets and staff so please do find out more or simply ask for more information.