Silence in the Square

Every year, we as a nation remember those who have fallen defending our way of life. At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, a Two Minute Silence is observed on Armistice Day, the day which marks the end of the First World War.

This year The Royal British Legion asked members of the Royal Photographic Society to go along and document the hard work of their collectors. The people who put in the hours around central London, collecting funds for the Poppy Appeal; helping the current and ex-serving personnel in terms of their welfare, comradeship, representation and remembrance.

I went along to Trafalgar Square in London for Silence in the Square, a morning of music and readings that preceded the 2 minute silence at 11am.

Below are a few of the portraits I captured of the veterans, volunteers, collectors and general public, plus a few moments that caught my eye.

Please have a look at my website for more shots from the morning here:

Silence in the Square Portraits
Silence in the Square Moments

For me, the most rewarding part of the experience was meeting so many wonderful people, hearing their experiences and how important the work of The Royal British Legion is to them. Find out more about the their work and the charity here.

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These are a few of my favourite things… Part Two

After my trip to Bluebells to photograph their summer menu I was buzzing and really excited about my next photographic outing. I was very fortunate to be invited along to Taste of London by Chapel Down; a winery in Kent that produces some truly amazing wines and beers. I have been to Taste of London several times before and knew it was going to be a great day. Only this time I was going with different agenda, photography rather than consumption.  Taking some great shots of the day was my primary goal, but there wasn’t any real chance of me not sampling all the sumptuous offerings available!

I spent most of the day capturing all the action of the hordes of people enjoying pink fizz and oysters on the Chapel Down stand. I’m not personally a fan of oysters, but they served up thousands of the little fellas and everyone loved them. Of course occasionally I ventured off to see the rest of the show and try some dishes created by best chefs London has to offer. 

This year, my favourite dish had to be the Fettucine with wild mushrooms, Grana Padano Riserva & black summer Truffle from L’Anima, Francesco Mazzei’s Italian restaurant.

Anyway, back to the wine. Chapel Down had a selection of their wines and sparkling wines on offer,  as well as their beers and stout. Of course I sampled them all, however it was the stout that won my heart on the day, so I made sure I tried it a few more times.

If you get chance next year, get to Taste of London, try some exceptional food and visit the Chapel Down stand for a glass of wine to top the day off. You wont be sorry.

Bubbles       White and Rosé

A few bottles on ice

Last chance for a sit down       Simple pleasures

Down the hatch

Are you sure about these?        Pink fizz all round

Mini fish in a bun anyone?

Artisan breads        Happy bubbles

Ice cream sir

Loving the fizz and oysters

Happy crowds

A day with friends

Center stage

Pink fizz and big smiles

Best in show

Grand master

A cheeky top up

Sunset singer

Happy fizz

Last Oysters of the night

Thanks to Chapel Down Wine for having me along. You can find out more about them here.