Today, 31st of October, 2012, I did another On Holy Ground project. I had been waiting to do this for quite some time, as I wanted to film the location on the exact date that in 1918, the events occurred: in Waregem, Belgium, near the Spitaalbossen, and in Oudernaarde, on the banks of the river Scheldt.
As I was just about starting to shoot at the cemetery, a military looking person came to me and asked me if I was a professional filmer. I explained to him that it was a personal project. He was ‘cool’ with it! There were gardeners at work and the scaffolding at the main monument were still present. The door of the main monument was locked, so I couldn’t film inside of it. I do have some still images I took some weeks ago when I was doing ‘reconaissance’. I may put them online, perhaps.
I also wanted to shoot some of the woods (the ‘Spitaalbossen’), but I didn’t: it is a busy road there, and I couldn’t fine a safe place park the car. Also, the woods now are speckled with luxury mansions and villas, and I didn’t want to intrude.
So I moved on to Ohio Bridge. The four bisons are still there, but they are a bit dwarfed by the modern bridge. I liked the original Ohio design better, as can be seen on historical pictures. It made the bisons more ‘monumental’, I guess. Oudenaarde now is the Belgian capital for ‘cyclists’ and surely, I had to put in a shot of modern day cyclists along the river Scheldt.
(Here is a detailed account of the events: newrivernotes.com/ww1/91divaef.htm#5)
Manfrotto XPROB55 + HDV701 head
Samyang 14mm f2.8
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
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