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Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and built in the late 1920's as a memorial to over 72,000 British,
Commonwealth and French war dead whose bodies were never found after the Somme
disaster, the Thiepval Memorial stands in the grounds of the former Thiepval Chateau, an early
victim of the local offensive. Its massive size makes it difficult to photograph, which is why I
tried to disguise the converging verticals by shooting from amongst the trees. You can get a
sense of its scale from the doorways visible in the front face here. The Memorial, with its
additional cemetery beyond, is as heart breaking as all the other WW1 cemeteries - hundreds
of them all over Picardy and Flanders, all exquisitely tended by locals and the Commonwealth
War Graves Commission. And as the Portland stone panels that carry the names of the lost
weather and become unreadable, so they are beautifully re-carved and replaced.
For me, this was always going to be a black and white winter image. Colour - bright blue sky,
trees in leaf and a sunlit glare off the stone - would seem wrong somehow, as if a frivolous
response to the colossal sacrifice commemorated here.
Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and built in the late 1920's as a memorial to over 72,000 British,
Commonwealth and French war dead whose bodies were never found after the Somme disaster,
the Thiepval Memorial stands in the grounds of the former Thiepval Chateau, an early victim of
the local offensive. Its massive size makes it difficult to photograph, which is why I tried to
disguise the converging verticals by shooting from amongst the trees. You can get a sense of
its scale from the doorways visible in the front face here. The Memorial, with its additional
cemetery beyond, is as heart breaking as all the other WW1 cemeteries - hundreds of them all
over Picardy and Flanders, all exquisitely tended by locals and the Commonwealth War Graves
Commission. And as the Portland stone panels that carry the names of the lost weather and
become unreadable, so they are beautifully re-carved and replaced.
For me, this was always going to be a black and white winter image. Colour - bright blue sky,
trees in leaf and a sunlit glare off the stone - would seem wrong somehow, as if a frivolous
response to the colossal sacrifice commemorated here.

Thiepval Memorial

The thin black line around the image is reminiscent of a watercolour's wash line.

The thin black line around the image is reminiscent of a watercolour's wash line.

Black & whites

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