St Clement Danes church interior
A new photography exhibition at St Clement Danes Church in the Strand (London) juxtaposes images of the RAF Church with those of historic and sometimes abandoned Battle of Britain airfields. The exhibition runs from 1st-21st November.
Designed in part as a tribute to those who gave their lives in the Battle of Britain 71 years ago, the exhibition is entitled “A space to remember”. One half of the exhibition presents architectural images of the Church itself, which has been designated the RAF church since 1958; the other half consists of landscape images of Battle of Britain airfields as they are today, often decaying or built over.
Simon Gregor, the photographer who created the exhibition, explains, “By juxtaposing these images, I want to try to show how the silent space of the Church is, amongst other things, a space to remember all those who fought in the battle across the wider British countryside.
“I’ve always been fascinated by how light shapes our experience of a place, and this project gave me a unique opportunity to explore the similarities and differences between the enclosed space of a historic building, and the open expanses of landscapes which have often been moulded or scarred by their military history.”
Limited edition prints of the pictures will be for sale, with a share of the proceeds going to St Clement Danes.
Notes to editors
1. The exhibition runs in the church crypt at St Clement Danes from Tuesday 1 November through to Monday 21 November 2011. The church is open from 9am-4pm daily, subject to special services; for more details see http://www.raf.mod.uk/stclementdanes/ or call 020 7242 8282.
2. A limited edition of 10 prints of each image is available to buy; details on prices and purchasing arrangements are available at the Church.