SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL STATUE, LONDON, ENGLAND: The beautiful bronze statue of one of Britain’s greatest statesmen stands in Parliament Square in a place chosen by the great man himself. Churchill was born (two months premature) on November 30, 1874 in Blenheim Palace. So, he’s probably one of history’s greatest ‘preemies’ too! Churchill died at the age of 90 on January 24, 1965 (70 years to day after his father’s death). His funeral was the largest state funeral in history at the time.
The statue is the work of Ivor Roberts-Jones. In designing the mould for the giant bronze, he made some changes in response to feedback that the head resembled the much reviled Fascist Benito Mussolini. Over the years the statue has been copied with replicas or variations erected in other countries, including the Czech Republic and Australia. Fun fact: the London statue is electrified to keep pigeons from pooping on the great man.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D40X, 18-200 DX zoom lens at 40mm, ISO 1600, 1/30 sec., f7.1. Copyright photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
LINCOLN MEMORIAL, WASHINGTON D.C.: Roughly four million people per year visit the Lincoln Memorial. It’s open 24 hours per day and access is free. During the day, crowds descend on the site and the whole place rattles with noise. But at night and early on many mornings, it’s possible to have time alone to reflect on the impact of this great President. Most photos show the statue of Lincoln from the front. This one was shot in profile. Plaster casts of Lincoln’s face and were used by sculptor Daniel Chester French, making the depiction both accurate and lifelike. The statue itself stands 19 feet tall and is made from Georgia marble.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D40X, Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm at 135mm, f5.6, 1/80 sec., ISO 800, Image by John Ecker | Pantheon Photography
WINSTON CHURCHILL STATUE AND BIG BEN, WESTMINSTER, LONDON, ENGLAND: In Parliament Square is the wonderful 1973 statue of Winston Churchill by artist Ivor Roberts-Jones. Churchill was Britain’s WWII era Prime Minister certainly its greatest 20th century leader. In this bronze Churchill, aka, ‘Winnie’ and the ‘British Bulldog’ faces Big Ben (actually, it’s St. Stephen’s Tower; Big Ben is the largest bell in the clock tower). A visit to the nearby Churchill War Rooms is a must stop for any fan of Churchill and student of World War II history. Shot handheld with a Nikon D40X, Nikkor 18-200 lens, at 60mm, 1/30 sec, f7.1, ISO 1600. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography