Old airfields

A few years ago, I was working on a project to photograph Battle of Britain airfields as they look today.  This involved a fair amount of research into where 1940s airfields were located, and then a lot of travelling around the countryside looking for anything that remained of them 70 years later.  In some places there were still functioning airstrips; in some, just a few vestiges of what was once there; and in others, nothing at all.  It was fascinating to see how much, or how little, had changed.

The journey also took me through large swathes of the beautiful Kent countryside, over which those pilots would have flown in the summer of 1940, and it always struck me that the tranquil beauty of that landscape was in stark contrast to the fierce fighting which took place in the skies overhead.  This is one of my personal favourite images from that project – a simple meadow, rising to a small crest against the blue sky, and dotted with red poppies.

Poppy field

Poppy field

About simongregor

Photographer, business thinker and tour guide.
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