What makes the grass grow?

I recently photographed young Infantry recruits from the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire as they went through bayonet training as part of the syllabus of training that all recruits go through at the training centre.

This was my first attempt at incorporating both stills and ‘real time’ audio into a multimedia piece as opposed to just laying down a music soundtrack over the pictures.

It was produced using Windows Movie Maker.

Any comments welcome.


A Fitting Tribute

I attended the funeral recently of a British serviceman killed in Afghanistan. Trooper Robert Pearson who was 22 and was serving with the Queens Royal Lancers came from Grimsby was killed when his vehicle went over a mine.
At the funeral, held at St Mary’s church in Grimsby, what became very obvious was the huge public participation. The street running alongside the church was packed with members of the public who were there to pay their respects.

The local newspapers in Grimsby had announced the funeral and had asked people to show their respects on the day, one paper included a full page picture of Trooper Pearson with a Union Flag superimposed behind him.

The picture shows a member of the public, and, to my knowledge has no connection to Trooper Pearson whatsoever, and yet she takes this picture from her paper and attends the service as a mark of respect.

This was replicated by many of the people who attended the service which was broadcast into the church carpark through loudspeakers. They stood in silent respect holding flowers, this picture from the newspaper, or simply with hands behind their backs. Many cried. All for someone who they didn’t know but still wanted to pay their respects to.

It was a remarkable sight, in this day and age, that so many people took time out from their day to attend.

About time

I started this blog last year when I was away in Iraq. However through a combination of work load, other distractions and general laziness I have neglected to keep on top of it – much to my frustration.

However, he says optimistically, this is going to change and I will endeavour to keep this updated with my comings’ and goings’ for anyone remotely interested. It is very much a ‘work in progress’ and the content and direction of the blog will no doubt change as I go along, but we’ll see how it goes.

Working in Iraq

I have recently returned from Iraq where I was working with the British Army in the South of the country in and around Basra.

During the time I spent there, some six and a half months in total, I was able to photograph various aspects of life for the British Troops in this volatile part of the world.

I was able to document patrols that were undertaken in many different parts of Southern Iraq, not only in Basra itself but also further north in Maysan province where troops lived for weeks at a time, in the most basic of conditions, in the desert. Moving daily to avoid potential mortar or rocket attacks they lived an almost nomadic life as they patrolled the vast expanse of the desert trying to combat smuggling activities that are carried out by various groups in this region.

The conditions proved to be just as hostile at times, with soldiers having to endure extremes of freezing temperatures at night to scorching days and, following the heavy rains at the beginning of 2007, thick mud that stuck to everything that moved and everything that didn’t!

The following are some of the images were made in the Maysan province…further images from Iraq can be seen on my website www.ianforsythphotography.co.uk

Feel free to have a look and any comments are welcome.