History is such strange bed fellow!
For hundreds of years 'Traitors Gate' was somewhere to be feared, because if you entered there you were very unlikely to ever emerge alive again; but in 2017 tourists from all over the world come to visit the 'Tower of London' a castle and palace in the centre of London, and part of the attraction is 'Traitors Gate'.
One of the most disturbing stories of the Tower of London occurred in the mid to late 1400's when Edward V, who was 12 years old when his father died, was imprisoned with his younger brother in the Tower by their Uncle the Duke of Gloucester. The Duke had them declared illegitimate so that he could take the throne in 1483 and at some time not long after that the boys were killed. Its a story steeped in mystery, intrigue and down right skullduggery, but after all of this, the Duke of Gloucester whom became Richard lll died about 2-3 years later in the battle of Bosworth in a battle against Henry Tudor, so was it worth it?
In more recent times the bones of Richard lll was discovered under a car park in Leicester, which were later exhumed. At the time, I have to say I was a bit taken a back that a King dies in battle and the victors just dumped his remains in a ditch. My earlier vision of Richard lll, was of the returning Crusader, a hero who helped Robin Hood Earl of Loxley restore order in middle England. I am not sure if that part of the story is historically accurate but hey I love a good story. However the story of the Princes in the Tower still raises a bit of a sour taste in my mouth and may have contributed to the way in which his remains were deposed of by the Tudors. Can't help but think, what goes around comes around!
OMG, How on earth did we get to Richard lll???
This blog is supposed to be about to finding images and stories within images. This picture started off as an shot of the Tower of London taken from the south bank of the River Thames that captured the whole of the castle, but in post editing the words 'Entry To The Traitors Gate' just seemed to demand its own focussed image and story. When I started photography in 2013, one of the things I struggled with was a picture telling a story, in 2017 I am only just beginning to understand, that every picture has a story, we just need to find it.
If you have taken images which you later aggressively cropped to get an image with a stronger story, please share it when you read this blog, I would be interested in hearing the stories behind your images?
As always great to from you, and your comments are always welcome.
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