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Acts of Remembrance #1

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 14 November 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

A short series of pictures recording and documenting a few events in South Shields during the period of remembrance surrounding Armistice Day 2011. All with a common theme showing mainly mono with some hand picked detail in colour, this will likely be red to signify the spilling of blood and selfless sacrifice as represented by the Flanders poppy.
More detail and slide show of some of the original pictures - here

This picture is an overview of the Remembrance ceremony as seen by the two priests conducting it from Westoe Cenotaph.

Event: Remembrance Sunday
Where: Westoe Cenotaph, South Shields
When: Sunday 13th. November 2011

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myky from Ontario, Canada

Very dramatic image with much impact!

14 Nov 2011 5:08am

PATRICK from miramas, France


14 Nov 2011 6:19am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Très sympa avec ce traitement

Bonne journée

14 Nov 2011 6:30am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

looks like an old documentary shot of this event and suits perfectly to the meaning of that special day.
wonderful hightlight by the red flowers.
great work!

14 Nov 2011 6:51am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

dramatic documentary, great work

14 Nov 2011 7:40am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Looks straight out of the 40s or 50s!

14 Nov 2011 7:43am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Superb composition and processing and I agree with J.R>

14 Nov 2011 7:45am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A properly somber moment. Love that selective coloring. This photo has a timeless feel, which is very appropriate to the occasion .

14 Nov 2011 7:49am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Timeless, classic shot

14 Nov 2011 8:03am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

The only wreath on view - picked out in colour. I see the guy next door has his turned away from the camera. It all works so well Curly.

14 Nov 2011 8:15am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Beautifully done, wonderful tribute and fantastic processing

14 Nov 2011 8:23am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Perfect processing for this kind of subject !

14 Nov 2011 8:43am

Florence from Paris, France

Clever vintage effect and brilliant selective color here.
It really looks alike an old photograph. A very nice tribute indeed.

14 Nov 2011 9:16am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent work, Curly.. love the processing

14 Nov 2011 10:06am

Gemma Wiseman from Melbourne, Australia

Instantly I thought of the movie "Schindler's List" - the girl in the little red coat in her monochrome Holocaust world! Beautiful, moving photo!

14 Nov 2011 10:47am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

The perfect use of selective colour. Well documented

14 Nov 2011 10:51am

Paco Rubio from Barcelona, Spain

Why the human eye feel more attracted to red?

14 Nov 2011 12:40pm

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

this is a very powerful image ~ your choice of selective focus is wonderful!

14 Nov 2011 12:54pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

A fitting tribute to the men and women lost.

14 Nov 2011 12:54pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Successful processing !

14 Nov 2011 1:10pm

Mandar from Kudal, India


14 Nov 2011 1:16pm

janina from Melbourne, Australia

England has much to be thankful for, and it's good to see a good turnout for the day. Great shot, curly; look forward to the rest. PS: The Shrine of Remembrance is just up the road from me and I usually attend, but not this year, too far to walk with a stick and slow gait...but thinking of them anyway! :O)

14 Nov 2011 1:36pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Excellent, your treatment brings the past forward to us in a very powerful manner.

14 Nov 2011 2:08pm

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

A well captured groupetto with an interesting color key.

14 Nov 2011 2:34pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Wow, this is such a classic!!! The angle, the framing, the tone, the treatment and the strong message this is conveying! Brilliant and original work!!!

14 Nov 2011 3:20pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

We ( the british) do this so amazingly well and so respectful.
Nice shot captain.

14 Nov 2011 3:54pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon,, Canada

Wonderful image, and this is the kind that is timeless, making the impact even better.
I love this photo.

14 Nov 2011 4:04pm

alex centrella from California, United States

nice work... !

14 Nov 2011 4:20pm

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

The atmosphere is sombre, the colour pop is very good and adds to ambience, well taken

14 Nov 2011 5:01pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A very dramatic image Curly! Your use of selective colouring is spot on! Bravo! ;-)

14 Nov 2011 5:10pm

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands

It seems that this picture was made in the 60s. Great picture, very English!

14 Nov 2011 5:51pm

franz from Baden, Austria

perfect compo and dof - i like the sombre mood of the people in the pic and the monochrome treatment which adds even more somberness to an already sombre occasion ...

14 Nov 2011 6:03pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I really like the processing here, out of time…

14 Nov 2011 6:18pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

very good jiob...

14 Nov 2011 7:05pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

very good picture. thanks for the text that accompanies it. a hug. Alejandra

14 Nov 2011 7:11pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Wonderfully composed and treated. It has the feel of timelessness and honour.

14 Nov 2011 7:31pm


Perfect image ! I was lucky years ago to be present in Westminster Abbey on that Day...

14 Nov 2011 7:37pm

THeoF from Emden, Germany

thanks for adding information; an expressive photograph

14 Nov 2011 7:40pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Gemma's comment and linking to Schindlers List is high praise indeed.
As a fan of 'popping' I think this is really effective and emphasises the symbolism of the red poppy...that said you have created such a wonderful old tone and look, that's the real strength of this, that I'm leaning perhaps to popping on this occasion may be more of a distraction?
Top drawer either way!

14 Nov 2011 7:56pm

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

Bravo Curly! Excellent process and fantastic mono mood

14 Nov 2011 7:59pm

Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤ from Brecht, Belgium

Wow cool shot

14 Nov 2011 8:09pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The processing is excellent. Really great job.

14 Nov 2011 8:21pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

A fantastic treatment..excellent toning and superb selective coloring. Two thumbs up.

14 Nov 2011 9:26pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I love this image dear friend ... Evokes images of old ... A very good edition ... I like... Best regards, Adela

14 Nov 2011 9:48pm

dean musgrove from Simi Valley, United States

Great time capsule look. Composition and point of view are excellent.

14 Nov 2011 10:14pm

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

fabulous photo and treatment

14 Nov 2011 11:47pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Curly, this is wonderful. It gives such a special feeling of solemnity and reverence for the day. The selective color is perfect. Beautiful processing.

14 Nov 2011 11:54pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

It is wonderful to see so much support for this day of remembrance!

15 Nov 2011 2:26am

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

nicely rendered. very respectful!

15 Nov 2011 3:56am

Maria from California, United States

very well done Curly...the sepia works really well here, and the selective red it's very clever

15 Nov 2011 4:29am

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

An image with all the feeling and atmosphere of the war years, especially the NHS sign above the chemist. Expert vintage processing and a fine tribute to Our Glorious Dead.

15 Nov 2011 4:30am

Hanna from tehran, Iran

Great...I love it

15 Nov 2011 6:13am

Tom from Stekene, Belgium

What a great processing job here! Wonderfull!!

15 Nov 2011 2:54pm

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Oh Curly! You have outdone yourself with this shots! Wonderful perspective, excellent framing, excellent processing! I see here the wonderful English Pride, Honor, Respect and what it means to be British! Somehow, this brings a tear to my eye and warms my heart. Absolutely, positively perfect

16 Nov 2011 3:45am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

The symbolism of the red is very moving - remarkable the way you capture the timeless nature of this gathering.

16 Nov 2011 1:16pm

Julie DiCarlo from Austin, United States

A well done series.

16 Nov 2011 3:59pm

Julie DiCarlo from Austin, United States

I would add that from an American perspective, there is something poignant about the frame that includes the sign for National Health Service, as here in the US we send our troops to war but don't provide the support for them to heal when they return.

16 Nov 2011 4:02pm

The Dark Dude from Maestoso, United Kingdom

hey dude
man, im with Julie on that one
especially with all the talks of privatisation going on
great shot anyhow, superb point of view

19 Nov 2011 4:48pm

Graciel.la (Vic, Catalonia) from Vic (Catalonia), Poland

Very nice treatment!

22 Nov 2011 4:04pm

1/500 second
ISO 1600
27 mm (35mm equiv.)