This piece of work holds a great love and meaning for me, my all time favourite book is War of the worlds by H.G. Wells and until now I had yet to produce a single piece of work relating to this adored story. I have always kept an eye open for the right type of imagery to use and by chance stumbled across this old photo of horsell common (description below) and could immediately tell this was a perfect canvas to produce this piece. Like most of my other work I felt it best to portray this story is through a photo journalistic-esque vintage style of photo editing, I cant resist a bit of heavy texture and grain.
"Much of The War of the Worlds takes place around Woking and nearby suburbs. The initial landing site of the Martian invasion force, Horsell Common, was an open area close to Wells's home. In the preface to the Atlantic edition of the novel, he wrote of his pleasure in riding a bicycle around the area, and imagining the destruction of cottages and houses he saw, by the Martian heat-ray or the red weed. While writing the novel, Wells enjoyed shocking his friends by revealing details of the story, and how it was bringing total destruction to parts of the South London landscape that were familiar to them."
The Tripods over Horsell Common