Cambridge American Cemetery (Madingley)

Landscape / Architectural Photography

All images © Richard Brochu-Williams, 2013. All rights reserved.

Yesterday I decided to go on a walk with my camera and capture some more landscape images. I chose to go to the American Cemetery, Madingley, Cambridge, as it is a beautiful place that is surrounded by lovely countryside. Once inside the cemetery I found myself being drawn not to the countryside but to the wonderful architecture within the cemetery grounds. So I started out with landscape images in mind but decided to photograph the buildings and other objects that surrounded me.

All images © Richard Brochu-Williams, 2013. All rights reserved.

Inside the Memorial War Building there were stained glass replicas of the Seals of the States of the Union arranged from left to right in the order that they entered the union.

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All images © Richard Brochu-Williams, 2013. All rights reserved.

I must have spent over an hour at the cemetery, it was peaceful and nobody else was around, except a grounds maintenance guy. This gave me the opportunity to reflect and think about my surroundings and be able to work uninterrupted. The temperature must have been close to 1°C, it was cold and I could see my breath, but I was amazed to see that there were a number of red roses that were still in bloom.

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Polyantha Rose
© Richard Brochu-Williams, 2013

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Polyantha Rose
© Richard Brochu-Williams, 2013

I also took a picture of the exterior of the Memorial Building. The building itself is beautiful and what really sets it off when viewing it from afar are the 2 giant reflecting pools, one leading up to the Memorial Building and the other to the 72ft flagpole. I produced a stereographic image.

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Stereographic Projection of Memorial Building
© Richard Brochu-Williams

These were the kinds of images that I set out to produce and along the way I realised that I was able to combine landscape and architecture within my images, as architecture is part of the landscape.

All images © Richard Brochu-Williams, 2013. All rights reserved.

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