HomeTown – 17 – Trophies

HomeTown - 17 - Trophies
Crown Graphic – Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar-S 1:5.6/210 – Ilford FP4+ @ ASA-64 – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 8:00 @ 20C

From the big cities to the small towns across Canada there is always some form of war trophy usually near the town’s cenotaph. Some little, other’s big, not to mention various pieces of material donated or captured during one of the many significant conflicts that Canadain troops fought and gave their lives. Milton’s gun is one of three guns designated for the town and the only one that arrived in town; it’s unknown what happened to the pair of machine guns. This particular piece of artillery is an FK16, a 7.7cm field gun that came to Milton in surprisingly excellent condition. Captured by Canadian troops in the last 100 days of the First World War. During the Battle of Canal-Nord on the 28th of September 1918, less than a month before the 11th November ceasefire. For many years the gun sat without context, but now plaques installed nearby show the history of the gun, and if you look carefully, you can see that the platform where it sits has the map of where the gun saw capture. While the gun itself is impressive, what is more, impressive is the list of names of the men, no boys, who fell in service of their country. That number is equally contrasted by the list of the members of my home congregations who marched off to war, both the first, second, and Korea. Not to mention the names of those who died. Of all the shots I got for this project, this one is my favourite. I purposefully shot with a shallow depth of field to ensure that the artillery piece would be the only part in focus. With the snow cover matching the houses in the background, I was able to use the dark gun to meter appropriately to ensure it would be properly exposed. And yes, I had to clear snow off the barrel of the gun.

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