I was going through all my joiners the other day to see if I’d missed any ‘special’ places or buildings when I realised I didn’t have a joiner of perhaps the best known house in all of London… that being Buckingham Palace.
So off I went to photograph it..
It wasn’t until I was walking towards the palace down one of the side streets that I realised there were quite a number of people all walking in the same direction, and it was only when I arrived in the vicinity of the palace where I realised there was something going on….that something being the changing of the guard.
Having had the immense privildge of seeing this ceremony from inside the gates of Buckingham Palace it was great to see it from the outside, not least because of the thousands and thousands of people watching.
I photographed the elements of this joiner in the summer of 2010 and have only now had the time to put it together, but now that I’m looking at it I’m loving it. It kind of reminds me of the artist L.S. Lowry who painted coal miners walking to work in the north of England. His depiction of them was of stick-like figures..it looked kind of depressing to be honest, but it’s an interesting character study of a large group of people. And looking at this joiner I’m kind of reminded of what he was getting at… you see there’s all these people, from all walks of life, from all over the world, all gathered in one place…and the end result is a kind of snap-shot of life..
The track for this joiner is an interesting one, in that some might think it a little ‘gay’ to have a track from Take That, but anyway, it is what it is, and I like it :-)
The reason for the track? Knowing some of the guys who’ve performed this duty protecting the Queen at Buckingham Palace having just come back from Afganistan there are a couple of lines in the song which particularly resonate with me, and to be honest, knowing just some of what the guys go through and have to put up with in Afgan I’m not ashamed to say it brings a bit of a tear to my eye..
The couple of lines/lyrics are..
‘..defenders of the faith we are..’
‘..oh though no one understood, we were holding back the flood…there was more of them than us..’
To view this joiner at it’s best, do the following
– Plug in headphones
– Hit the play button on the audio player below
– On the zoom.it window below click the icon in the bottom right hand corner (a square with a diagonal line through it)
– Sit back and enjoy the joiner as it was meant to be enjoyed!
Dimensions: 8.2m wide by 3.7m high (27.4ft x 12.5ft)
Photos used: 50
Song inspiration: Take That – The Flood