Historical re-enactment

Photographing historical re-enactment began in a small way one weekend when I had nothing planned and by chance heard of a large multi-period re-enactment event nearby. History had been my university subject and I’d never stopped reading academic literature, particularly on the English Civil War. Apart from appreciating many the historical details, I immediately realised I had a new subject for my photography. It seemed to bring together other things I’d grown up with such as war reportage in the newspapers – above all, Don McCullin’s work in Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and Lebanon – or art history, so 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 in a small way, in hindsight it seems obvious that it would turn into a 10 year project – one that shows little sign of ending soon.