B17 The Mighty 8th
When I took these images I had always had in mind that they should form part of a set. It has taken me a long time to start processing them. And the processing itself has taken a few weeks; giving time for the style of these images to mature, and for me to be happy with the style and feeling they convey.
With all of my photography the artistic intent takes front stage over everything else, and I aim to present the strongest message I can to the viewer. With my aircraft photography it has always been my intention to be sympathetic to the era in which the aircraft was flown. With these images I also wanted to tell a story. It was very apparent that the story could not be told with just one picture, so a set of images that could be displayed together was required. Through these images I want transport you back to the 1943 European theatre of operations and the Mighty Eight Airforce. And for me nothing does it better than watching the B17 Flying Fortress and listening to 4 P&W radial piston engines growl and purr in unison.
I have selected a set of photographs starting with take off and ending with returning to the airfield. And to transport my imagination and hopefully yours to 1943 I had to play around with the original photographs. Now many people who follow my photography were probably expecting a monochrome conversion, and little grain to give that "olde" world feeling. And I am still tempted by the idea as I write this. For this series I wanted something different, colour film was available in 1943 just not that common. I have processed these a colour set of images complete with faded colours, a slight texture mimicking damage to the film emulsion layer over time, and added a vignette for good measure replicate light fall of at the edge of the frame from less than perfect optics.
The adages " A picture speaks a thousand words" maybe true. However all photographs or any art form is open to interpretation, photographs are created through the photographers lens and should carry his or her message. But our own lens through which we see is filtered by our own experiences so sometimes the message changes when it's read by the viewer. It became very difficult to title the images, as simple phrases alone did not provide enough direction to make the viewer think about the story these photographs represent So the short multimeida show below is accompanied by a few words to make you think about what these photographs and the dedicated enthusiasts who keep these old Warbirds flying.
B-17 The Mighty 8th Audio Visual Presentation