A narrow path cuts a swathe through a mass of bright purple flowers, planted to honour the thousands of courageous young men who fought and died on these shores. On April 25th, 1915, at ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli, young men who had really never experienced a war landed here to hold back the Turkish invasion. They didn’t know they were going to come under fire straight away. The Turkish were up on high ground, and the Australians and New Zealanders were sitting ducks as they came ashore. More than 1500 were killed as they were landing and trying to take cover.
But you know, those Australians didn’t give up. They fought so hard. It is an incredible story of endurance, and when I was there I couldn’t help but feel the pain of the blood that was shed in this place. My grandfather fought on this very beach, so it holds special significance for me.
Photographing this area was very difficult, because it’s not necessarily a beautiful beach or a spectacular scene – what is important are the events which happened here. All of a sudden I saw the flowers down the beach – grown as a memorial to the lives that were lost – as a symbol that out of the blood that was shed on this sand, hope was given to others. The path through the flowers shows there is a way, even through the pain and suffering that went on.
I’m really honoured to release this photo because it is far more to me than just a location – it has deep significance. This place is a shrine to us as Australians, reminding us not to take our freedoms for granted. Without the sacrifices of those brave young men, we would not be able to enjoy the wonderful lifestyle that we often take for granted.
Lest We Forget