London College of Communication
MA Photography

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Les Monaghan

From the Forest

My dad served in the RAF for 24 years. Despite my consequent immersion in forces culture, its' hierarchy and traditions did not prompt me to follow him as he had followed his dad and this 'refusal' is at the heart of my work.

From the Forest combines fiction with documentary.  Working with RAF pilots and aircrew as they undertake survival training on the North Yorkshire Moors, it has personal resonance in that in an alternative reality I might have followed that path myself, so there is a sense of it as an imaginary autobiography. In a wider sense these recruits represent humankind's apparent need to control and harness nature, and to prepare for war with each other.

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