Poppies at the Tower of London
London has an amazing new installation taking place right now. As one of the commemorations of WW1 exactly a century ago, a sea of 888,246 hand-made ceramic poppies are being installed in the moat of the Tower of London, each representing a British or Commonwealth fatality of the Great War. The poppies are being made by 50 potters in a studio in Derby, and installed by 150 red-shirted volunteers, working in shifts. In itself, this installation process is quite a sight for a couple of weeks, and the sea of poppies will remain in place until Armistice Day on 11 November 2014. The sea of red is a vivid reminder of the war's carnage.
This project is terrific on several counts:
- It's a fitting, poignant reminder of the scale of the sacrifice of the Great War
- It's a popular volunteering opportunity for a new generation, some of whose great grandparents may have served in that war.
- It's a wonderful new, free sight for London this summer, particularly for photographers
- Apart from just viewing the sea of hand-made ceramic poppies, you can buy them as well (I already have). They'll be sent after the installation finishes in November.
- The sales of the poppies is expected to raise millions for six appropriate charities.
I took two cameras, my RX100 as a mid-range zoom, and my NEX-7 with the 10-18 ultra wide angle zoom. Here's a mix of my pics from them:
More of my pics from the moat in: https://www.flickr.com/photos/recliner/sets/72157646104454217/
More about the installation in: