Remembrance Day special:
The pictorialism of Frank Hurley
in his World War One photographs.
This documentary is a passion project I have been working on for almost two years. It is about the Australian photographer Frank Hurley. He came to the Passchendaele / Ypres region in 1917 as Australia's first 'official war photographer'. Among other things, the documentary deals with his controversial use of the 'combined negatives' technique and the conflict he had regarding this with Charles Bean, Australia's official war historian.
For the documentary I have revisited many of the key locations where Hurley took the pictures, many of which have become sites of remembrance and historical landmarks in Flanders fields.
I initially filmed with the Canon 550D/T2i but for the last couple of months I used the Nikon V1 exclusively. This is a one man project, I did all of it myself, and the scariest part of it all was recording the voice-over! I'm still not completely happy with the sound quality, so I apologise for that.
This is my first feature long (42 minutes!) project! I have a collection of shorter movies about the World War One battlegrounds: On Holy Ground (link: On Holy Ground: Ypres Salient )