Stonehenge for Panasonic ()
When I was a kid growing up in the south of England you could just wander and wonder amongst the mystical stones on the wide open space of Salisbury Plain. Not any more. Today millions of people flock to the site every year, and not all of them with good intentions, necessitating fences that keep everyone hundreds of feet back from the stones, and guards in day glow jackets patrolling 24 hours a day. The endless bus loads of tourists are shepherded round the monument at suitably safe and respectful distance, which means that the stones are well protected, but the still, silent magic of this ancient site has been somewhat eroded.
However, this spring I was gifted with rare glimpse of Stonehenge when Dentsu in Tokyo asked me to photograph it for Panasonic as part of their celebration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Through the arrangements made between the British National Trust, UNESCO and Panasonic I was able to spend two glorious spring days there, arriving before dawn, and staying till after dark. As a member of the public you are only allowed in between 9am-5pm, and you can’t get anywhere near the stones, so getting this kind of access is harder than getting a front row seat at a royal wedding, and that’s why I wanted to share these with you.
WIth special thanks to Takako Yagi, Maho Ikeda and Jun Masuda.