Historical re-enactment

I studied history at Cambridge and have never stopped reading academic studies of the English Civil War and other, mainly early modern periods. I had often wondered about history-related photographic projects, but one weekend I heard of a large multi-period re-enactment event nearby and wasn’t doing anything else. Straight away I realized that I had a new subject for photography.

Apart from appreciating some of the historical details, I also found it brought together other influences. One was that I had grown up reading newspapers and had always admired war reportage – above all, Don McCullin’s work in Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and Lebanon. Another is my knowledge of art history, so sometimes I’m photographing a scene and am suddenly reminded of Uccello or Breughel, for instance, or a Grant Wood on another occasion. The project began in a small way, but in hindsight it seems obvious that an idle weekend would turn into a 15 year project.