The Road of Remembrance, Folkestone, Kent, UK

  In October of 2022, I had the good fortune to visit the English seaside town of Folkestone in Kent, south-east England. The town lies on the southern edge of the North Downs at a valley between two cliffs. It was an important harbor and shipping port for most of the 19th and 20th centuries.

  Among the many historic and architecturally significant sites is "The Road of Remembrance". There is a nice sized park adjacent to the road (formerly known as "Slope Road") featuring a grassy area and many monuments and plaques dedicated to those lost in "The Great War" (WWI to Americans). Along the road there is a fence where locals crochet and/or knit poppies, that are then tied to the railing, as a remembrance of the soldiers. Slope road is, indeed, a sloped road that leads to the docks where soldiers would board ships headed for France.

  I took a quick snap of the railing as I was walking along the road. Upon returning to America, I couldn't help but remember. I imagined how somber it must have been for the soldiers and the families left behind, as the soldiers marched down Slope Rd. on their way to fight in France.

  I tried to imagine what that must have been like. So, I got to work in the "Imaginarium". I corrected the angle of the shot, removed unwanted or distracting elements of the photo, replaced the sky and added the "Ghost Soldiers" walking down the road. With an eye toward the image's composition and coloring. Do you have a photo or an image you would like to see "reimagined"? Send it to me at: [email protected]. Let me help you bring your imagination to life!

  For those knitters and crocheters, here is the pattern to knit those poppies 

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