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Machine Gun Maxim's Grave by DonDavisUK

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Here lies Maxim: Sir, Hiram. S. Maxim.
The inventor of the Maxim Machine Gun (Responsible for millions of deaths).

Maxim’s Grave is in West Norwood Cemetary, London. SE27.

Nikon D700, 24-120mm Lense. Captured on a lovely winter morning on the 3rd Feb 2009. After a particularly heavy snow fall in London. I had to use the pop up flash to expose the writing as the front of the grave was black on my first attempt. The light was so strong from the snow and sun behind the grave. I also used a larger grave as cover for this shot.

Life is so precious and worth recording for posterity.
Imagine your grandchildren or great-great-grandchildren being able to see how you enjoyed life hundreds of years from now? Don can help you record those magical moments for them. Photographer since 1980s.
Specialising in Portraiture, Landscape and Urban Fine Art Photography.

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  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...almost 6 years ago

    A great historical shot Don. !!

  • Thanks for that Colin, regards, Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkalmost 6 years ago

    brilliant image and narrative

  • Thanks you very much Chris. Regards, Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...almost 6 years ago

    His invention changed the battlefield tatics in ww1

  • it certainly did, but only after count’ess lives were lost. Like the British Command, the Germans were slow to change their tactics and way too many people died needlessly. Thanks Colin.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Smudger
    Smudgeralmost 6 years ago

    wonderful work – well done – steve *-))

  • Thanks very much for all your great comments Steve, really encouraging. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomalmost 6 years ago

    Don, I am so glad you were inspired by the snow. They are all wonderful shots!!! Pun intended on this one!!!

  • Ha Ha! Great Shot! Thanks for that Mary-Ann, the snow is such an inspiring phenomenon. I love the unusual light, shade and shadows it cast. Thanks once again! Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • DesImages
    DesImagesalmost 6 years ago

    Don, I’m enjoying this series of snow shots. Good on you for getting out there and making the most of it.

  • Hey there Des, thanks for that, it was an experience going out in the snow again after all these years without any. To cap it all, I fell on my back on ice last night and hurt my back. I fell right on top of my camera too. Ouch! Very sore back all night, very little sleep. Perhaps I’m being taught a lesson? Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 6 years ago

    Love the story. I’m sure Maxim never considered the loss of life, he probably saw it as helping the British Empire to maintain its grip on the world (it was a very different time).

  • Hi Tom, I’m sure he thought he was doing his best for his country, and to equip the soldiers with the very best protection. However, I can’t get my head around the thought of sitting behind a machine gun and mowing down other people. It must have been really frightening being on the receiving end of one of these guns. Thanks for the comments and your valued opinion. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

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