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This is my second shot in The Wartime Weekend series at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. For more information click here Candid people shots is another new venture as I always worry in case someone objects. I thought in this case, if you dress in 1940s clothes at an event such as this, you can expect to be photographed, so I set to with a will. This was taken on Grosmont Station.

“Mr and Mrs Ponsonby are putting a brave face on the situation. Their only child, Charles has been called up to serve in His Majesty’s Navy. They are here today to see him off on the next train. The Ponsonbys had almost given up hope of being parents when Charles was born 18 years ago. As older parents they had not given Charles the freedom of some of the boys his age and he is lacking in some of the experiences, which would serve him well. Charles’ excitement is understandably tempered with nervousness, but he can hardly wait. He loves his parents but he needs some freedom to breath. He knows all their hopes and fears rest on his shoulders, but he is ready to live his own life. It will be his first time away from home.
What is to be his fate? Will he die a virgin? Will he return home a hero? Only time will tell…..”

Of course this is just my imagination. (liability disclaimer)

On yesterday’s shot there was great debate on the tone of sepia and contrast used. What I am doing is matching the tone to some old photos I have. I can’t please everyone so this is to my taste. Original colour shot in the WS.

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