I have the recent opportunity to visit the Tower of London and see for myself the “Beyond the Deepening Shadow” This was a moving experience, manged to get a ticket into the moat, which got me really close the 10,000 individual flames. I got there for the last entrance and some of the flames were already dying.
As well as a visual spectacle there was sound being broadcast from actors who wandered around with speakers strapped to their bodies, this was described as “ a sonic exploration of the shifting tide of political alliances, friendship, love and loss in war”
After visiting the Tower a couple of years ago to see the ceramic poppies, I thought at the time this would be hard to follow, but the organisers have done a wonderful job and it was a very moving symbol of remembrance.
Due to the number of visitors, tripods were not allowed, but I did manage to get this image of a Warder with his shadow cast against the wall of the moat. It is a symbolic image which shows the flames surrounding wader.
Images may only take a second to shoot, but for me they capture a moment in time which can never be re-created. Looking back at the image now, it reminds me of a time and a place, along with a powerful remembrance what it stood for and all those that gave their live in the service of their country.