Dark Visions – A Photographic exhibition worth seeing.

Just a quick blog post to inform you of a fantastic photographic exhibition that has just opened at the Patchings Art Centre, near Calverton, Nottinghamshire.  It sees the work of fellow photographer and visual artist Rob Knight as he brings together a 5 year collection of monochrome images in his first ‘solo’ exhibition.

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His monochromatic work centres around vision, feeling and mood and of the interaction we have, as humans, with the landscape around us.  The evocative collection of images on display, from a range of  views/locations & angles, offer an inspirational look into the mindset of his creative journey and vision, a journey i hope he continues and adds to the collection.

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The launch event on the 27th featured a talk entitled “The Experiential Landscape”.  Coupled with audio & visual accompaniment, Rob enlightened us to his thought processes and of his “early” inspiration, going back to his school days, which gave him the drive to see things differently.  This certainly left us challenging our own though processes and inspired us to see things differently ourselves.

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The exhibition runs until the 26th of October and is highly recommended.  You can find further details on Rob’s website along with a downloadable eBook with all the images, writings and a fantastic foreword by photographer & writer Doug Chinnery.

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Dambusters 70th Flypast

It was a huge pleasure to be able to witness a fantastic display of flying history and see the aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight mark the 70th Anniversary of the Dambusters raid.

On March 16th 1943 133 airmen of the Royal Air Force’s 617 Sqn took to the skies in 19 Avro Lancaster bombers specially adapted to carry a unique bouncing bomb designed by Barnes Wallace. Of the 19 aircraft that took off only 11 returned resulting in the loss of 56 aircrew.

Their bravery and skill changed the course of WWII by breaching the Mohne & Eder Dams and severely damaging the Sorpe Dam. This gave a catastrophic blow the industrial might of the German was machine by destroying countless factories and hydro electric power-plants.

Having my own 18 year military career as an aircraft engineer it was a privilege to witness the display and be part of the huge crowd of people who were there to remember this historic moment but to also remember the countless number of lives that have been lost on both sides.

The "little friend"

The “little friend”

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Heading over Ladybower

Heading over Ladybower

Lancaster with a "little friend" following

Lancaster with a “little friend” following

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Hear the whine of the RB199

Hear the whine of the RB199