I was asked if I could do a couple of group shots for a military course in Minden. Following a fantastic demonstration involving 23 Amphibious Engineer Troop and the Bundeswehr Amphibious Pioneer Battalion the military went about getting their backdrop of vehicles ready. It soon became apparent that this was going to be a bit bigger than I planned for. The group had now turned into 200+ including high ranking officers and VIP’s, no pressure. Fortunately a friend of mine who was also taking photos at the same location was able to lend a hand. (Turns out this could be the start of a great partnership,thanks Arnd).
This is without doubt the biggest group I have ever tackled and a it was a test of my skills as a photographer. I think the image speaks for itself. Many thanks to 75 Engineer Regiment for the opportunity.
Yesterday I attended a guided tour of the Hameln museum which had been arranged to mark the final day of the exhibition celebrating the British Army’s connection with the town.
Having served most of my military career in Hameln it was a great trip down memory lane and I spotted a more than a few familiar faces and names amongst the various photographs and exhibits which had been lent by many members of the Corps. The handful of ex-pats who attended were outnumbered by the locals who expressed their regret that we had gone and their gratitude for all that we had brought to Hameln. It filled me with pride to hear they held the Royal Engineers in such high regard.
There are still reminders of the Corps dotted around the place however, with the soldiers gone and the camps all but handed back to the German authorities yesterday was a bitter sweet occasion. Times have changed and the Corps has moved on, I hope Hameln will not allow us to be forgotten. I know that those that served here will never forget Hameln.
Totally unrelated to photography (other than the fact I took a few photos of it), my wife was given an old radio a few days ago. The electric plug looked a like it had been replaced so I plugged it in and hey, it fired up!!!
The buttons and dials are BIG, simple and functional but after more than 60 years they still work so the designers got something right. The front panel glows a soft orange colour (maybe from the valves inside) and has the different radio stations listed on it, I’m not sure how many still broadcast though. No need to know the frequency just dial in to your favorite station, easy. I wasn’t expecting the sound quality. It has that really warm, comforting, deep bass tone and it’s crystal clear. One of the decals says it produces ‘3D sound’ , not sure what this is exactly but it works for me.
A bit of research suggests the radio was produced in the mid 1950’s, so I don’t think it’s classed as antique but it looks great in our dining room. I can’t help but wonder why we can’t produce this type of quality now? Nice one Grundig……
I was archiving some old photographs when I came across my New York images from 2012. At the time I remember feeling inexplicably let down by my New York experience. I realise now that It wasn’t disappointment, I was simply overwhelmed by the scale and history of the city. I have made a vow to return one day ………..
I took some images for Mathew at his latest gig in Hameln on Sunday. A fantastic artist with an original set list that got my feet tapping. Mathew kindly gave me a couple of CD’s (his latest solo album ‘528Mhz‘ and ‘Elevate‘ the latest album from Mpath, Mathew’s 3 piece band). I am now a fan of both, thanks.
You can find out more about Mathew by visiting his web site. More images from the gig can be viewed here.
Ich habe ein paarBilder fürMathewanseinem letztenAuftritt inHamelnam Sonntag.
Eine fantastischeKünstler mit einerOriginal-Setlist, die meine Füßetippenbekam. Mathewgab mir freundlicherweiseein paarCDs(sein drittes Soloalbum “528MHz” und “Elevate” dasneueste Album vonMpath). Ich binein Fanvon beiden,danke.
Siekönnen herausfinden,mehr überMathewdurch den Besuchseiner Website.Mehr Bildervom Konzertkann hier angesehen werden.