At the start of August my wife and I loaded up the car and hit the road headed for Dover. We had decided to have a week in Belgium, relaxing, drinking beer and eating chocolate; how could life get any better? My wife is a school teacher and has accompanied the school on many occasions to Belgium for war memorial trips and this was something I had been quite interested in for some time. At the start of the year my interest grew some as my Dad worked on a family tree and discovered three brothers who serviced in the Great War; two died and one survived as a POW and was where my line of family carried on.
So with a week of relaxation at the forefront, we arranged the trip and having the car meant we could head off to remote places and learn a bit about the area and it’s history. We stayed in the small town of Ypres in the Flemish Region away from the usual hotspots of Bruges or Brussels.
Despite taking all my cameras with me, I only shot on my Pentax SP500 this time and took an even spread of Kodak Ektar 100 and Ilford Delta 100. It was liberating.
Since I was driving, my photographs start at Dover on the ferry and continue once we were in Ypres. On the ferry I was shooting with the orange filter which has created these wonderful evil shots of the English channel on what was actually a rather nice day.
Once in Ypres we made our way to De Kollebloeme (The Poppy in Flemish) restaurant for a good feed; steak, a sauce of choice and “pomme frites”…fries by the bucket load. Add on a few local beers and we had set ourselves up well. It was certainly a welcome change from Burger King, Starbucks and Costa Coffee which had served us from Edinburgh to Dover (and then the ferry).
A wander around Ypres after dinner found us at the Menin Gate which remembers the names of over 50,000 serviceman who were never found after the war. It had started and my mind was being blown.
I’ll be posting and sharing the photographs from the trip over the next while so I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed shooting them.