I have many favourite naval pictures, but the one I like the best because of its simplicity and haunting beauty is this one. The picture is owned by the National Trust [and yes we are members, indeed, we are room stewards in a house near to Bury St Edmunds] and they own the copyright including all copies made from it or photographs taken of it. Take note of their logo bottom right of picture.

This photograph of the HMS Ark Royal was taken by E. Chambré Hardman from the top of Holt Hill, Birkenhead on April 1st, 1950. The ship had just been painted white, as part of preparations for its launch from the Cammell Laird shipyard by the Queen Mother.

The picture was retouched – the white washed gable end nearest the camera was eliminated by the application of coccine nouvelle (a red dye) to the positive transparency, as it detracted from the contrast of the ship. He also painted out an unwanted lamp-post and increased the height of one of the schoolboy’s socks to bring it up to the same height as the other.

“I was trying to recreate what I had seen, to produce an effect, and anything that goes against the effect I want, I rule out.”
- E. Chambré Hardman, 1983.