I hummed and ahed about this post, should I do it or would it seem a bit crass. In the end I decided that art has always attempted to represent humanity at its best and at its worst. Including those terrible events of world wars. Therefore it should be ok for me to add my humble token to the ever enlarging pool of art about conflicts between humans.
So here goes:
I have been attempting to grow flanders poppies for some time, the first effort failed as the plants died while we were away. This year I have finally succeeded in growing two batches of poppies. The first is a very impoverished batch due mostly to poor quality soil and minimal water. The flowers that resulted are very delicate with needle thin stems just strong enough to hold the bright red flowers up for the world to see. On seeing how delicate they are I realised that in their own way they represented the fragility of humans, especially in times of great conflict and in particular the frailty of soldiers caught up in the horror of trench warfare that the first world war delivered.
I choose two poppies to photograph because for me that represents the mate-ship of soldiers at arms, their dependence on their mates to look out for each other. I know that just a few weeks away is Remembrance Day here and that the Flanders Poppy is the symbol used to represent our day of remembering their sacrifice.
I do hope that the message contained in the image will help remind us that war is something to be avoided.