Ipswich Town Hall hosts British Armed Forces Veterans’ Images on Parade fundraising exhibition

Part of the Veterans' Images on Parade in support of ABF The Soldiers' Charity - the army's national

Part of the Veterans' Images on Parade in support of ABF The Soldiers' Charity - the army's national charity. Picture: ABF THE SOLDIERS' CHARITY - Credit: Archant

Photographs by British Armed Forces veterans go on show at Ipswich Town Hall from today.

Lone poppy by Chris Nowell, part of the Veterans' Images on Parade in support of ABF The Soldiers' C

Lone poppy by Chris Nowell, part of the Veterans' Images on Parade in support of ABF The Soldiers' Charity - the army's national charity. Picture: CHRIS NOWELL - Credit: Archant

Some of those taking part in the Veterans’ Images on Parade exhibition began taking pictures as part of the therapy given to them by organisations like Blind Veterans UK, The British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association, Combat Stress and The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court.

The fine art show - being held in support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity - includes some 140 images.

One of these is Lone Poppy by Chris Nowell, who enlisted in the army in 1991 and joined the King’s Royal Hussars with whom he saw active service in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Three weeks after beginning his operational tour in Afghanistan Chris suffered a head wound during a rocket attack on the forward operation base in which he was deployed, resulting in a fractured skull and neurological memory loss.

Part of the Veterans' Images on Parade in support of ABF The Soldiers' Charity - the army's national

Part of the Veterans' Images on Parade in support of ABF The Soldiers' Charity - the army's national charity. Picture: ABF THE SOLDIERS' CHARITY - Credit: Archant

His subsequent treatment included an introduction to photography by Blind Veterans UK.

Since then he’s specialised in landscape photography and now passes on his knowledge and skills to other partially-sighted veterans during courses run by the charity.

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It was the first image sold in the exhibition when it visited Chelmsford Cathedral last month.

The images show how veterans see the world, with one saying his introduction to photography through a Combat Stress provided course had given his life purpose. Seeing his work professionally expanded, printed and framed was “amazing”.

All of the pictures being showcased by The Soldiers’ Charity are for sale and organisers hope the public will come along to show their support.

The exhibition runs from 10am-4pm, March 9-10, at Gallery 2 of Ipswich Town Hall. Admission is free.

There’s a selection of the images, together with biographies of the 20-plus photographers, at www.jumblebee.co.uk/images4soldierscharity

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