J R Massey
The Falklands: My Experience is a book of landscape photography and history by Falklands War veteran JR Massey.
Falklands veteran Jack R Massey returned to the Falklands after three decades, and took dozens of photographs during his visits. Receiving not a little acclaim for his pictures, he wanted to make a book of them, to use them to show how the islands look now, but through the retelling of the major events of the conflict.
JR Massey on his book:-
The idea of this book is to show The Falkland Island Battle Sites in SUNLIGHT. THE 5000-plus British Troops would only have seen snow, rain, gale force winds very little daylight and extreme cold. The Island is bleak in the winter but being lucky to return in a Spring and again in an Autumn I saw the island in a different light. I hope that those who fought in the war there in 82 and have not been lucky enough to return in peace time can enjoy my pictures. The Falklands has changed and will never be the same as before 1982. The population has more than doubled and the way of life changed with it. The one thing that the Island will always have, is the memory that in 1982 the whole life of the Island was defended by so many worthy men and women and remains British.
Jack Massey was born in 1945 and has been a rover since the day he was born. His father moved with his job so went to three schools, two in England, but finishing in Wales. Jack has lived in 24+ homes.
Jack joined the army as a boy soldier in Crickhowell, South Wales in 1962 in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. He joined the main service in 1964, serving in Cyprus, Germany, Ireland, The FALKLANDS, and exercises in the USA and Norway. He transferred to The Army Catering Corps in 1970, and served with 10 Royal Corps of Transport and Royal Engineers in Germany, and was a catering Instructor in Aldershot . He was posted to the 7th Duke of Edinburgh's Ghurkha Rifles in 1980, and it was while serving with 7GR that he found himself going to war in the Falklands. Having been back to the Falklands three times since the war ended, he was inspired to make a photographic record of the battle sites as they are in the sun.
He currently lives in South Wales where Photography, Golf, and Volunteering number amongst his interests.