Renaissance, my art- photography blog has been rejuvenated. The aim is to capture a more evocative or atmospheric impression, rather than capturing a precise record of a scene as it existed at a specific moment in time. To paraphrase Ansel Adams “it’s about ‘making’ rather than ‘taking’ photographs”.

After years of research and multiple editing, my latest book, “Flights of Fantasy”, finally took off and landed in the bookshops at the beginning of the year, to some excellent reviews from readers…

“I’m really not into anything to do with wars…but the illustrations in this book pulled me in and then I couldn’t stop reading…it’s a lovely read and George Snr was obviously a very talented artist. I’m glad George Jr put it all together for the rest of us to enjoy – Jenny”

A brief synopsis…

Flights of Fantasy is a combination of historical facts and events from WWI and WWII with personal memories, photographs and many illustrations from the author’s father (aka George Snr). Flights of Fantasy is written in the format of a dramatised story from the perspective of George Snr as he tells his tale of living through and between the two world wars.

With an early fascination for aviation, he naturally dreamed of joining the RAF at the outbreak of WWII, but by 1940 he was too old and joined the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS ) instead. Surprisingly, firemen were initially derided as military service dodgers, but opinions quickly changed during the blitz when the service showed immense courage. Indeed, when their sacrifice came to the notice of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, he aptly described them as “heroes with grimy faces”.

The genesis of Flights of Fantasy is a story in itself and can be read here.

The book is available from your local bookshop or via the button links below.

Revelations about County Waterford on the next page…