The 2012 Reenacting Season: A Photographic Retrospective
This past year was a pretty active one for both me and for Marc. We both attended our fair share of events together and individually, and this was the first year where I attended the bulk of my events as a photographer rather than as a reenactor. Here’s a look at the events that I went to this year, as seen through photos I took or that were taken of me:
In January I accompanied a team of graduate students working on a documentary about reenactors during their visit to the annual WWII reenactment at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA
The next event, in March, was a WWII tactical in Newville, PA. Marc and I were in our usual role as Soviets.
Later in March was our annual participation in Military Through the Ages, a timeline event held by the Jamestown Foundation. I attended in a purely photographic role while Marc participated with his WWI Russian unit.
April started off with Marc attending one day of a two day demonstration at Scotchtown, Patrick Henry’s homestead. Marc portrayed local militia while I was there as a photographer.
Marching Through Time, an event Marc and I usually attend with our French Foreign Legion unit, was rained out on its second day this year. I attended as a photographer while Marc was up in Pennsylvania, attending a WWI tactical.
At the beginning of April, we made a chilly visit to the Fort Frederick Market Fair, where we met up with friends. Marc dressed up, I stayed in my typical photographer role.
The military timeline at Carlisle Barracks, in May, was my first opportunity to photograph Marc in his new French WWI gear.
The large British Brigade-organized Revolutionary War event at Rock Ford Plantation in early June was my first experience turning out in my campfollower clothes.
Later in June, The Queen’s Own, our Revolutionary War Loyalist unit, hosted a small event at Smith’s Fort Plantation, where I took some lovely photos of Todd and Nikki, some of the founders of the unit.
July brought the inaugural event of our Spanish Civil War unit, Frente Rojo, at a timeline event out in Rowlesburg, WV.
July was also when I drove up north to Fort Ticonderoga, to document their biggest Revolutionary War event of the year. I got to participate in the cannon haul up Mount Defiance and got some great aerial shots of the fort in the process.
August was the month for our trip up to the Mohawk Valley of New York for a reenactment of the Battle of Oriskany. I spent one day as a reenactor, one as a photographer.
With September came Tank Farm, one of the more laid back events in our calendar. We attended with our French Foreign Legion unit and Marc got to do a demonstration in their Panhard, which was running this year.
Also in September was a small, one day event that was a fundraiser for Providence Farm, a historical house being restored. I did not participate, but thanks to some spectacular lighting conditions, I did get some excellent shots.
One of my favourite events of the year is also the one that I take the fewest photos of reenactors: the Biplanes & Triplanes WWI Airshow in Virginia Beach, VA. Marc attended with his WWI French unit and I wandered around as a photographer.
Our last event of the year was also the inaugural event for another new unit of ours: the Kievan Rus. It was my first medieval impression, and I had a lot of fun.
Hopefully this coming year will prove to be similarly fun and fruitful!