Historical re-enactment

History was my subject at Cambridge and I’d never stopped reading academic literature, particularly on the English Civil War. But I had never really thought of photographing historical re-enactment until I was doing nothing one weekend and heard of a large multi-period event nearby. I immediately felt I had discovered a new subject for my photography, and it seemed to bring together other influences. I’d grown up admiring war reportage in the newspapers – above all, Don McCullin’s work in Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and Lebanon. I also knew a fair amount of art history and sometimes I find myself in front of a scene that reminds me of an Uccello or a Breughel, even Grant Wood on one occasion. So while photographing historical re-enactment began almost accidentally, after 10 years this project shows little sign of ending.