A recent editorial commission to photograph sculptor James Matthews.
"We always remember people who died more than the guys still alive now," says sculptor James Matthews, while chatting about his latest project focussed on veterans of the Second World War.
"It’s not just about heroes, it’s about everyone who was forced into doing their bit." The 31-year-old is sitting amid the creative surroundings of the AB Fine Art Foundry in Langdon Park. We’re joined by a smiling yet silent third guest, a recently-created plaster sculpture of his girlfriend Lizzie’s grandfather and former Spitfire pilot, Warrant Officer Charles Pocock - the first model for his new collection.
The Bermondsey man said it was his own grandfather Jack Matthews, also a sculptor and a Second World War gunner in Bomber Command, who inspired his career and latest idea to create busts of the conflict’s veterans.
He now hopes to harness the measurements and memories of nine further veterans to compile a collection that find homes in military museums.