Poppy day, Least we forget – a tribute from my Olympus EM-5mk2 and I

I wasn’t going to blog about this but the response I’ve had on Facebook has made me change my mind!

Personal thoughts and posts are something I try to avoid I was always told that talking about politics or religion was often not the wisest of ideas.  I’m so fed up of the general apathy, negativity and general blinkered isolation we see every day that I felt compelled to show a little respect and gratitude that we all should every now and then.  I’ve always been very “pro” our hero’s who offer their today’s to secure our tomorrows, this is not a political feeling, post or point on my behalf, but a genuine and deep admiration for those special humans that are willing to give their all to serve others.

I’m just a photographer, not the sharpest tool in the box and not the most eloquent of chaps… so what could I do?  I decided as a visual person I’d try to put my feelings into an image, I wanted to encapsulate the thought that we all need to appreciate and respect others before its all too late, that’s what I’ve tried to do, its my way of saying thank you, highlighting the work of groups like the Royal British Legion and hopefully provoking a little bit of thought – thought that hopefully will see a little bit of a difference being made.

So I’ll post my image along with the text from my Facebook post here to give the context to my actions.

Remembrance Sunday – LEAST WE FORGET, there is more to Poppy day than just buying the badge!


This is an image of a female model dressed in a red satin gown holding wilting poppies to highlight the fact that generations need to understand, appreciate and respect the message of remembrance Sunday in the UK. Shot as a tribute by Olympus principal photographer damian McGillicuddy of Damian McGillicuddy Photography Training

Shot with the Olympus OM-D EM5 Mark 2 and the Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens


Text from Facebook:

Bit of a long and personal post this for me, its not something I’m used to doing.
I dont profess to be wise or clever or have any of the answers but I can see that the world isn’t the place I’d like it to be, that it isn’t what I’d want it to be for my children to grow up in.
It bothers me that there are people without enough food to eat, people who don’t have a roof over their heads and it breaks my heart to even contemplate that there may be even one old age pensioner this year that has to choose between eating and being warm because there is just not enough elasticity in their funds.
Most of us work hard and have compassion but the daily grind gets in the way of humanity sometimes. Like I say I don’t profess to have ANY of the answers but it strikes me that sometimes we are a little short on gratitude and respect. With a little bit more of these two ingredients the “mix” may improve the world a little, after all, as my Nan used to say “treat people the way you want to be treated” seems to be a good rule of thumb that sadly too few work to.
It worries me that because of this lack of respect and gratitude that we have generations now that don’t even understand the significance of armistice day… I’m just a simple photographer and I have no power to change the world so what can I do?
I’m not eloquent enough to say how I feel so I thought I’d try to visually show my feelings in a picture, after all it is the currency I work in and can express myself most with.
If you like my image that’s good… BUT if it makes one person reevaluate their thoughts and decide to be a little more respectful or indeed feel a little more grateful and enable us to have more compassion and “do” a little more for others then the post was worthwhile.
If you feel the image may make other generations think a little, provoke a reaction then PLEASE by all means FEEL FREE TO SHARE IT!!!
Lets start this swell of gratitude by appreciating those who gave their todays for our tomorrows…

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