Black & White Sunday: Traces of the Past

How apposite that Paula has chosen Traces of the Past this week…a friend and I visited Reigate Caves yesterday on one of their open days, and we went into the part that had been used as an Air Raid shelter during WW2. They have a few artefacts from the time, and very realistic it is in places! They have the sound of aircraft flying over, and bombs dropping when you get into the shelter…..

Air raid Shelter entrance

More traces of the Past here.



  1. I recently lost my last relative who lived through the Blitz in London. Good to see the memories of that awful time preserved.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. So pertinent to Paula’s theme!

  3. That must have been an unforgettable experience.

  4. Sounds a bit scary, Sue. But I love you image

  5. Really nicely done conversion.

  6. Unimaginable if you suffer from claustrophobia!

  7. There was a replica in our museum for a while, it really makes you think doesn’t it? Perfect for Paula’s challenge.

  8. A difficult place to photograph I imagine – but you did it! Capturing atmosphere of dread as well as image.

    • Sue

      Well, it was a bit of a challenge, not least because I will NOT use flash, so I had to whack up the ISO and still use quite a slow shutter speed necessitating staying STILL….not my easiest challenge!!

  9. So heart-rending. You are the queen of ruins in black and white. Hope you understand what I am trying to say. Somehow the queen of ruins just doesn’t sound too complimentary.

    • Sue

      Love it, Victoria! Queen of ruins I take as an accolade, but I know what you mean about it sounding odd….but we both know what you mean!

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  11. 🙂 You were thinking of my challenge, weren’t you? 😉 This is amazing, Sue. It looks really convincing. Thank you.

    • Sue

      They’ve done a good little exhibition down in that cave…and as it’s in a cave, it’s nicely dark and atmospheric, Paula! Glad you like this

  12. I would have hated it, Sue! So glad you’ve got a good photo from the experience. 🙂 🙂

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