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  • Mood: Sympathy
  • Listening to: the silence of the crowd
  • Reading: Terry Waite - Taken on Trust
  • Watching: the loop in my head
  • Playing: no
  • Eating: chocolate for happiness
  • Drinking: Scotch in Ovaltine!!!!!!!!!???
When it looked like bad weather would spoil the weekend, Saturday turned out so fine. Where would I go to see "The Last Flight of the Vulcan"? Up the hill close to my house? Maybe closer?

I was feeling good that my wife had suggested going to the Red Lion Pub to see if the landlord would allow me to sit with prints and cards to hopefully sell to his customers out the front. I walked a mile with a lot of kit to avoid traffic in the sunshine, past people setting up folding chairs on the junction access road on grass verges with cameras and binoculars and pic-nic gear. Past the line of waiting cars on the approach road. Past the Fire engine on standby with the crew relaxing in the heat of the cab.

Over the Old Toll Bridge, where I decided to set up 15 minutes later on the riverbank near the pub. I was worried that I would be shooting into the sun and the Vulcan would be a silhouette.

The 2 seat Hawker Hunter started it's display and I was thinking that towards the North it looked fantastic against a deep blue sky, pulling round into a loop. I've been to lots of shows and my brain had started to do calculations. It wasn't "right" - it was lower than usual and as the pilot was attempting to pull out of the loop, the Hunter seemed to lose forward momentum and it was stalling, with way too high an angle of attack.
It leveled out and disappeared behind the engineering works and trees and it seemed like the whole North end of the airfield blew up in a massive fireball which changed to rolling black smoke.

In that second, so many lives were lost or fundamentally altered. The people I had just walked past, the people in the cars - may they Rest in Peace. And may all their families and friends find some sort of life and hope in the future.

The Old Toll Bridge is now covered in flowers. The crash site has closed the main route along the South Coast, traffic is in gridlock and it seems the whole community is in shock.

The media are in a frenzy, "experts" are coming out of the woodwork with miss-informed judgments. News crews are interviewing families with stories of their deceased loved ones when they haven't even been informed that they are dead yet.

Why do people reach for their cameras before instinctively trying to help victims these days?

We now have TV debates on: Should old aircraft perform "high energy manoeuvers"? - should airshows be allowed? - should jets fly over roads? People could get hurt again! 

Accidents involving aircraft make big news - especially if caught on camera.

However, we live in a desensitized world where the death and carnage of everyday road traffic accidents are no longer news. Most of these are preventable by targeting dangerous, inconsiderate, incapable or un-insured drivers.

If the powers that be enforced as strict a regime on our road transport network as they do via the CAA on air displays, many many lives would be saved. Maybe that would need too many expensive resources.
I hope a measured response comes out of this and we can still enjoy air shows.

The Vulcan made a single pass over the dissipating black cloud later on - probably the last time I will see it flying. Probably the last Shoreham Air Show.

I walked a long way home that day - didn't eat or drink for hours. Relieved when I got through to my brother over at the show. I've thought of nothing much else ever since. Artists are good at visualizing and I know what happened in that fireball. Artists are also empathic and I visited the bridge today and saw the mounds of flowers. I could not read past the first few words of the first card and looked away down the river.

This is the longest journal entry I've made. It's not really for you - it was therapy for me. Live life for the day -

It really matters.
Reflection of a Thousand Suns by Krystalvoyager
Reflection of a Thousand Suns

Reflection of a Thousand Suns

The “Enola Gay”, a B-29 Superfortress of the United States Air Force, at 30,000 feet over the coastal city of Hiroshima in Japan, approximately one minute after detonation of the first atomic bomb used in wartime on August 6th 1945.  Reflected in its polished aluminium fuselage you can see the characteristic mushroom cloud.

There has been much reflection on the use of the atomic bombs, on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, at the end of the Second World War in 1945.  Few people realize that the earlier regime of incendiary bombings on Japanese cities, particularly Tokyo, were actually a greater cause of death and destruction.  Essentially, war is both brutal and political and affects the lives of millions of ordinary people.

My father (now 91) was training in the R.A.F. to be a wireless operator/rear gunner on Wellington bombers.  Although the war had ended in Europe, and “Victory in Europe” was celebrated on 8th May 1945, war continued in Asia and the Pacific and he was about to be posted to the Far East.  My parents were married, in the short period of leave he had been granted, directly before he was due to be sent overseas.  The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki led directly to the official end of World War II, and subsequently the celebration of “Victory over Japan Day” on August 15th 1945. 

These events affected my life profoundly.    If my father had seen active service in combat the average survival rate as a tail gunner meant you would probably not be reading this now, as neither I, nor my three brothers, would be here today.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of this tragic event; let us hope that these weapons are never used again.

 

Marcus Finch B.A. – May 2015

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Reflections of Dunkirk - Challenge by Krystalvoyager
Reflections of Dunkirk - Challenge
The original painting is in acrylics on panel and is 4ft x 2ft. It is one of my submissions for the "Reflections" Exhibition at St. Mary de Haura Church during the Adur Art Trail and Festival. It will be on display from the 30th May. As far as possible it uses my own reference photos from airshows and of "Steam Tug Challenge". If you have time , the text explaining the event is below.

Reflections of Dunkirk – “Challenge”

At the beginning of World War II, the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) was sent to help defend France, following Germany’s invasion of Poland.  However, by May 1940 they had become trapped along the northern coast of France by German forces.  The stricken troops withdrew to the area around Dunkirk’s fortified port, with its 4 mile long sandy beach, it was hoped the surrounding marshes would help keep German tanks at bay.  

Between 27th May and 4th June 1940, more than 800 allied ships, including hundreds of commercial and pleasure craft, answered the call from Winston Churchill and evacuated over 338,000 men, including 140,000  French troops, turning what at first had appeared to be a military defeat into a  "miracle of deliverance”.   This was code-named Operation Dynamo. 

An almost incredible period of calm weather enabled the fleet of “Little Ships” to get in close to the beaches of Dunkirk to rescue troops being pushed back into the English Channel by the tides of war.  Bigger craft could not sail so close, due to the shallow waters, so the smaller craft ferried men to them. Some formed linked jetties to reach the men waiting in snaking lines; waist, chest and neck deep in the cold water, under constant fire from ground troops, artillery and open to aerial attack from Germany’s Luftwaffe.

Steam tug “Challenge” was one of those heroic craft used, first to berth the bigger ships in the harbour inside the “East Mole” harbour arm, and then, as the harbour rapidly became blocked with sunken vessels, to rescue some of the many troops who were fast running out of food and water.

Challenge was restored extensively at Shoreham Harbour, although you can still see evidence of the battle scars from Dunkirk she carries to this day, and is now moored in Southampton port.    You can learn more about her history at    www.stchallenge.org

 

Marcus Finch B.A. – May 2015

 

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  • Mood: Sympathy
  • Listening to: the silence of the crowd
  • Reading: Terry Waite - Taken on Trust
  • Watching: the loop in my head
  • Playing: no
  • Eating: chocolate for happiness
  • Drinking: Scotch in Ovaltine!!!!!!!!!???
When it looked like bad weather would spoil the weekend, Saturday turned out so fine. Where would I go to see "The Last Flight of the Vulcan"? Up the hill close to my house? Maybe closer?

I was feeling good that my wife had suggested going to the Red Lion Pub to see if the landlord would allow me to sit with prints and cards to hopefully sell to his customers out the front. I walked a mile with a lot of kit to avoid traffic in the sunshine, past people setting up folding chairs on the junction access road on grass verges with cameras and binoculars and pic-nic gear. Past the line of waiting cars on the approach road. Past the Fire engine on standby with the crew relaxing in the heat of the cab.

Over the Old Toll Bridge, where I decided to set up 15 minutes later on the riverbank near the pub. I was worried that I would be shooting into the sun and the Vulcan would be a silhouette.

The 2 seat Hawker Hunter started it's display and I was thinking that towards the North it looked fantastic against a deep blue sky, pulling round into a loop. I've been to lots of shows and my brain had started to do calculations. It wasn't "right" - it was lower than usual and as the pilot was attempting to pull out of the loop, the Hunter seemed to lose forward momentum and it was stalling, with way too high an angle of attack.
It leveled out and disappeared behind the engineering works and trees and it seemed like the whole North end of the airfield blew up in a massive fireball which changed to rolling black smoke.

In that second, so many lives were lost or fundamentally altered. The people I had just walked past, the people in the cars - may they Rest in Peace. And may all their families and friends find some sort of life and hope in the future.

The Old Toll Bridge is now covered in flowers. The crash site has closed the main route along the South Coast, traffic is in gridlock and it seems the whole community is in shock.

The media are in a frenzy, "experts" are coming out of the woodwork with miss-informed judgments. News crews are interviewing families with stories of their deceased loved ones when they haven't even been informed that they are dead yet.

Why do people reach for their cameras before instinctively trying to help victims these days?

We now have TV debates on: Should old aircraft perform "high energy manoeuvers"? - should airshows be allowed? - should jets fly over roads? People could get hurt again! 

Accidents involving aircraft make big news - especially if caught on camera.

However, we live in a desensitized world where the death and carnage of everyday road traffic accidents are no longer news. Most of these are preventable by targeting dangerous, inconsiderate, incapable or un-insured drivers.

If the powers that be enforced as strict a regime on our road transport network as they do via the CAA on air displays, many many lives would be saved. Maybe that would need too many expensive resources.
I hope a measured response comes out of this and we can still enjoy air shows.

The Vulcan made a single pass over the dissipating black cloud later on - probably the last time I will see it flying. Probably the last Shoreham Air Show.

I walked a long way home that day - didn't eat or drink for hours. Relieved when I got through to my brother over at the show. I've thought of nothing much else ever since. Artists are good at visualizing and I know what happened in that fireball. Artists are also empathic and I visited the bridge today and saw the mounds of flowers. I could not read past the first few words of the first card and looked away down the river.

This is the longest journal entry I've made. It's not really for you - it was therapy for me. Live life for the day -

It really matters.

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Krystalvoyager
Marcus
Artist
United Kingdom
I create art in most media - see my website at www.marcusfinch.co.uk
which links to ceramics at marcusfinch.daportfolio.com
I exhibit with groups and individually. Works range from small drawings and paintings to large murals.
I enjoy a broad range of styles and subjects and have a particular interest in atmosphere and space.
I also use a lot of blue/red violet because I like it.

ALL MY ARTWORK IS COPYRIGHT so please DO NOT be a PIRATE and ASK ME FOR PERMISSION BEFORE USING MY IMAGES IN ANY WAY. Thanks.

Current Residence: U.K.
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Favourite cartoon character: Rex the Runt
Personal Quote: Life is a state of Mind
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“Spatial awareness is to know yourself in relationship to the universe – overcome the vertigo, shut your eyes and fly. There is no up or down, only relativity” - Marcus 2010

Using acrylics is like oil painting in a time warp - "IT'S JUST A JUMP TO THE LEFT ......... "

“Creativity is the language of the soul – experience and technique build the dictionary” - Marcus 2010

“Seeing is the raw file – interpretation is “photoshop” in your head – let your hands do the printing”. Marcus 2010

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:iconorphydian:
Orphydian Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How come Ive missed your gallery all this time 

thank you for submitting this piece to our group 

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can you rpovide bigger resolution of these :
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Krystalvoyager Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
Hi - thanks for the interest but I don't load higher resolution. I would then have to put watermarks across which I think looks worse.;) (Wink) 
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Orphydian Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
still you uploaded the Enola gay painting in a much higher resolution. Can you bring the others to the same size!

Yeah and pls. join!
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LadyPersephony Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
Beautiful gallery! Clap 
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Krystalvoyager Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Thanks for taking the time to look!Hug 
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LadyPersephony Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
You're welcome! Hi! 
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015   General Artist
Great gallery :)
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Krystalvoyager Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Thanks so much for the comment.
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015   General Artist
welcome :)
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