March or Die.

It can sometimes be hard to decide what images to share with people. As a photographer it seems natural to want to show ones best images but sometimes the best technical or aesthetically pleasing isn’t the best for the text and story.

That kind of sounds like I’m making excuses for images that people might look at and think the composition and other aspects should or could’ve been done differently.

Yes they could but its about the story… March or Die is the title for a movie about the French Foreign Legion that I have seen but remember pretty much nothing of.

I have just returned from a trip to Fuerteventura and when I spied the landscape ahead of me it was the title of that movie that immediately sprung to mind. The wife didn’t find that very reassuring when I blurted that out as we strolled off into the hills.

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I very nearly signed up to the French Foreign Legion when I was a lot younger. I think at 16/17 years old I was stubborn enough to have been mentally strong enough to cope and I’d like to think at that age I would have managed the physical demands but I was talked out of it. The whys, wheres, and hows are far too long winded for this ‘photo diary/blog’ but I do sometimes wonder how things might have panned out if that was the route I ended up following.

It would be great to have an opportunity to enrol on the training without having to commit time following that training but even if that was possible, I’m a lot older, heavier and most definitely not fit enough; I’d probably end up in hospital after day two. Thats if I’d managed to survive day 1!!!

Anyhow, back to the photos. All taken handheld with a Fuji XT2 and prime 35mm lens.

Thanks for stopping and looking at the images. Constructive comments always welcome.

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy or James.

2 comments

  1. I can see where you got the idea about the foreign legion from that landscape mate.
    The film you mention starred Gene Hackman, and was so-so. But it also had Catherine Deneuve in it, so that saved it for me.
    The Spanish have a Foreign Legion too, and they fought on Franco’s side in the civil war. They had a big base on Fuerteventura. https://www.fuerteventurainfo.com/puerto_del_rosario.asp
    I could have done with a bit of that desert sun today, breaking the ice out on Ollie’s dog walk…
    Cheers, Pete.

    1. Thanks for the link Pete. It made me wonder how many other countries have a foreign legion. It looks like the Spanish one now only takes Spanish citizens and there also appears to be a Russian version set up in 2015.
      It was nice to get a bit of warmth about us but we felt the cold when we got home.

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