“Whispering Death” was the nick name for the F-111 fighter-bomber that were housed inside these Hardened Aircraft Shelters during the cold war in the RAF Upper Heyford, Quick Reaction Alert Facility, UK. I thought the moniker was also an apt title for this series of photographs of the military paranoia of the era. Crews sat for four hour shifts in nuclear-armed F-111 bombers, engines running in the middle of the Oxfordshire countryside ready to respond to any Soviet threat at a moments notice. The facility is the best preserved Cold War Airfield in Europe.
My 20 favourite photographs from 2013 – happy travels for 2014!
Read the 15 page interview by Tim Parkin in On Landscape magazine here (PDF 3.7MB) where I talk about the practicalities and artistic considerations when photographing in the arctic and desert environments.
An image from my photoshoot of Richard Wentworth’s sculpture at the Venice Biennale, 2009 had been featured on the Walk on Exhibition Catalogue.
“Momently clinging to the things we knew — Friends , footpaths, hedges, house and animals. Till bourne along like twigs and bits of straw we sink below the sliding stream of time.”
John Betjeman, On leaving Wantage, 1972
A photo series made along the Ridgeway, England’s oldest road, during a 6 day walk in September 2013 backpacking and wild camping where possible along the 87 miles from Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon. Most of the photos were taken with a 400mm telephoto lens more commonly used for sports and wildlife photography in order to isolate graphic elements in the distant landscape.
For at least 5000 years travellers have used the Ridgeway. Originally connected to the Dorset coast, the Ridgeway provided a reliable trading route to The Wash in Norfolk. The high dry ground made travel easy and provided a measure of protection by giving traders a commanding view, warning against potential attacks.
This photo series was conceived of as a follow-on project from my walk along the Thames last year Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song.
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