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All Bunkered Down


At the Great War exhibition in Lacock, England.


All Bunkered Down


At the Great War exhibition in Lacock, England.


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  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Sep 2011, 00:51
War Exhibitions are not usually noted for their humour, Ginnie...the rodent, and the bottles of booze parodying the binoculars, make this unique and challenging...
Ginnie Hart: What you don't see, Ray, is a real live boy (around 10) sitting off to the left of the image with a huge grin on his face...after we all realized he was not a mannequin. So we were all laughing. grin But imagine the incongruity of that...a young boy sitting in that "hole."
A dreadful war, with appalling losses on all sides. This picture is very poignant.
Ginnie Hart: I hate war, Sheila, and find it hard to think of my son or husband holed up in a place like this.
Quite evocative...
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Larry. Thanks.
  • Debb
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Sep 2011, 02:41
Great photo. I love the colours.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Debb!
The textures, tones and detail are all wonderfully captured and reproduced! A wonderful image despite the unpleasant memories it evokes! Great work Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Pavan. Wars often reduce us to lesser tings!
A photo that really makes you think... I can't even imagine all that was seen and experienced.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Jacquelyn. I know!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Sep 2011, 05:43
I was really surprised to find this exhibition in Lacock Ginnie: but of course virtually every place in the country was affected by this truly horrible industrial war
Ginnie Hart: It was well worth seeing, Chris. That day we were surprised by several things, weren't we (like the 3-wheeler cars!). Thanks and have a great safari today. smile
I see Chris brought ratty with him.

WW1 was an obscene period of our History
Ginnie Hart: HA! I never thought about Ratty! Astrid will get a kick outta that, Bill. Thanks. smile

  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Sep 2011, 07:01
I never thought of Mrs. Rattie IX...
You did a great job with the processing of this picture.
It was a good exhibition, it was a good overview what happened.
The kid (not in the picture) had a great time fooling us.. grin.
Ginnie Hart: Leave it to Bill to remember Ratty. smile Hartstikke bedankt, MLMA. I remember this as though it were yesterday.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 28 Sep 2011, 07:22
An interesting collection Ginnie. I'll take the wine please.
Ginnie Hart: Kinda makes you wonder what would have happened if all the soldiers were drunk on wine during the war, Chad! Thanks.
interesting history composition, all necessary to try to survival
Ginnie Hart: Survival of the fittest only, I'm sure, Fabrizio! Grazie.
  • Luiza
  • Germany
  • 28 Sep 2011, 08:01
WOW! Cool exhibition! I like places like this.We should never forget, what happens in the last century...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Luiza, and you're so right. Lest we forget!
Well the positive is of course the red wine.

Interesting collection though Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Makes you wonder how many soldiers were drunk while the war was waging, Richard! Thanks.
I love Lacock!
I have been there many times. smile
It's a lovely little town in Wiltshire.
Did you visit the abbey?
Ginnie Hart: It's so fun to know of others who have been there, LC. But NO, we never got to the Abbey. Chris has us on a mission to see Lacock, Avebury and Castle Combe all in one day...which we did. Surely we missed a lot but we also saw a lot!
First thing I thought of of was that Chris' rat was in the shot. Excellent shot. Your treatment style was perfect for this shot.
Ginnie Hart: Astrid is usually the first one who thinks of Ratty but not this time! HA! I love it. Thanks, Mary.
A very interesting picture Ginnie. Great color.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Frances.
The last place I would expect to see this sort of display, fortunately they never even got to set foot on our shores due to a lot of brave men and women.
Ginnie Hart: It was a surprise to Chris, too, so we were glad it was a free exhibition for all of us to see. Thanks, Brian.
  • Louis
  • United States
  • 28 Sep 2011, 11:25
This German is quickly running out of stock. He has only about 2 bottles of war left in him.

His Luger is without a magazine, so what is left for him is to hit the dangerous allies with Ratty and the empty pistol (after drinking the last wine). Zum teufel, the man is in it ...
Ginnie Hart: "Two bottles of war left in him" might have been a good solution to end the war, Louis! Thanks for that thought. smile
Makes for a very interesting still life, I'm sure Chris could have provided a more convincing rat smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, John, and yes...Chris' Ratty would have been much more convincing. smile
This has a cave like atmosphere Ginnie. I didn't realise that wine was available then to them but they seemed to get a good supply of tobacco from all accounts.
Ginnie Hart: I'm with you on the wine vs. tohacco side of the war, Janet. Had no clue there was wine available. Makes you wonder how many of the soldiers were drunk! (sigh)
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 28 Sep 2011, 15:54
Photographs tell a story, and what a story your photo tells. Perfect composition, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Alan
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 28 Sep 2011, 18:22
Ah... I thought this may have been in the cellar of Tiff Towers. I like the essential supplies of the champagne and the wine.
Ginnie Hart: HA! The cellar of Tiff Towers. I really like that, Alan. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Sep 2011, 18:38
A moving stilleven! In the wintersemester I'll take part in a lecture about the Great War - my grandfather died in this war after a very strong march through the Syrian desert - the father of my friend drank as soldier in the Great War a whole bottle of high- proof alcohol in order not to be infected by epidemic typhus - and he survived.
Ginnie Hart: Wow, Philine. You've given us a whole new meaning for the alcohol bottles shown in this setting. Very interesting. Are you taking part as an instructor or as a student in the Great War winter semester, I wonder??!
Nice photo!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Victoria.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Sep 2011, 19:07
An unusual set of objects collected together. I love the texture you have used smile
Ginnie Hart: It was definitely a still-life that grabbed my attention, Cherry. Thank you.
This is a great composition Ginnie.... it seems that the Germans bunkered down here had cleaned out the French wine cellars on their way to the front linesgrin....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: It does make you wonder, Peter, doesn't it! Maybe a small price to pay for all they had to go through?
That is disturbingly beautiful.

My son was born with many physical difficulties. The good things that he would never be in any military.
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh. Well, that is one way to look at it, Michael. Thank you for sharing that.
I do love the still life it makes... impressive too knowing it was war time
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Chantal. It's nice to feel a bit of humor in it.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 29 Sep 2011, 11:59
Gotta love that mouse. Terrific!!!
Ginnie Hart: Someone got a kick outta that for sure, Marcie. smile Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 29 Sep 2011, 12:38
Great capture Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Vintage, and welcome back!
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Sep 2011, 13:14
You have made war items look really interesting to look at, lovely capture Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Actually, someone else made them look interesting, Linda, to give credit where credit is due. smile But thanks anyway.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 29 Sep 2011, 20:54
And the rat? Why? Good shot
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Oscar. I guess it helps us realize how bad it really was...lest we forget! Gracias.
Ha, I have also been to Avebury and Castle Combe. smile

Wiltshire is a lovely place.
Ginnie Hart: I loved everything we saw, LC. It was a great day out. Thanks.
excellent image. like the textures and the angle of the lighting
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Ayush.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 1 Oct 2011, 13:30
a spy's essentials.. smile nicely captured.. smile
Ginnie Hart: I guess so, Rian! smile Thanks.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 1 Oct 2011, 16:15
Just wondering if that was the correct wine to drink with ratatouille? I guess the spoils of war made the carnage a little more bearable...

Great the way you find your images Ginnie - a still life of past life.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Your ratatouille comment makes me laugh, George! smile

And thank you kindly for your generous words!
  • Marie
  • France
  • 1 Oct 2011, 18:16
magnifique composition.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Marie.

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