Everything shining bright


April 2013. A memorial on Dartmoor to a Royal Air Force bomber which crashed here in 1941.


There are a few of these posts scattered over the same area: I’m told they were put here during the war to prevent enemy planes from landing.


Jay’s Grave: an eighteenth century suicide, a girl ruined by a local squire. Fresh flowers appear here every few days, something of a local legend. Whoever places them there is brushing up their act with picturesque daffodils in a glass jar. I always remember it usually being an old margarine tub with a few wilted polyanthus chucked in. Not the most uplifting captions are they? But the sun’s shining like I promised. At least I didn’t get in the bit about the friendly community burying the poor girl at a crossroads so that her doomed soul wouldn’t be able to find its way home.


Countryside Commission voiceovers can audition here…


Whose prints?

Spring again

My prints.


The lightning tree.




Blah blah golden host blah wandering etc., etc.


  1. Sonya Chasey · April 24, 2013

    There has to be something with the colour here that you’ve used which goes along with a previous era! Or is it just the English light & I’ve forgotten what it looks like to the extent that it appears slightly nostalgic to me? I’m reminded of film, as in pre digital.

    My very first impression of the war memorial made me think of a neolithic megalith – maybe not really so different though in a sense. Looking back in a few thousand years we ‘d maybe think they were more or less part of the same culture. Won’t be as easy (or likely) as looking back to the 90s though!

    I like the tree photos – I’m pleased to say that the voice overs don’t immediately spring to mind – I suppose it goes to show the influence of culture on our interpretations – or perhaps the awareness (given your caption) of how culture might influence other people’s interpretations. I’m aware that the romantic idealisation of nature exists less outside of Britain, which has its own advantages & disadvantages!. Interesting your previous comment in another post about how certain things are being packaged up as commodities.

  2. whistlesinthewind · April 26, 2013

    Really interesting that you commented on the light in these photos – Jay’s Grave and the path through the trees have both got effects (I love the old guides where the print colours are muted or exaggerated) to get that pre-digital feel.

    However, the great thing is that the light and landscape really did feel like that and none of the other photos have effects on them. Walking up the rise where the ponies are was incredibly warm and peaceful, and the sunlight was such that it really felt like walking through film reels from decades ago – the ‘lemonade light’ effect! It was a perfect scene from the Countryside Commission film in a previous post.

    There are plenty of megaliths, and across the hillside there is a shadow of the ring of a hill fort or something similar, like those left by mushrooms. And so many trees still bare, making stylised patterns – recalled your recent paintings.

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