Historical re-enactment

History had been my subject at Cambridge and I’d never stopped reading academic literature, particularly on the English Civil War. But photographing historical re-enactment only began in a small way one weekend when I heard of a large event nearby and had nothing else planned. Apart from appreciating many historical details, I immediately felt I had a new subject for my photography which seemed to bring together many 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 – and knew a fair amount of art history. 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 trivial way, in hindsight it seems obvious that it might turn into a 10 year project – one that shows little sign of ending.