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“Recreating Our History”

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To be so dedicated to one thing can sometimes be isolating… unless, you are a re-enactor of a bye gone time. Whether it be a huge piece of history or just a small intimate moment, to the enthusiast it seems just like yesterday. Their wealth of knowledge can be just as transforming as their choice of costume.

I had the privilege of shooting a piece of history at Jockey Hollow in Morristown, NJ as part of the Adventures in Photography meet-up group led by Boris Hardouin-Deleuze. While very small in contrast to a Civil War event which spanned several miles and had hundreds of participants, this firsthand event was no less important to the enthusiastic volunteers. Set during the Revolutionary War, the location depicted a small encampment, complete with tents and the life that transpired around it. The venue and time of day forced me to compose in small snippets rather than the grand scheme so often envisioned in large-scale events. I also choose to edit and develop my captures with a similar recipe. This recipe came about from experimentation and my inner vision of what the event spoke to me as a photographer. Through the use of filters in NIK software, and finishing touches in Lightroom, I was able to apply this to each of my compositions. While true to my vision, the actual events from that time period might take on a more drab, less polished and even dated place in history. This manipulation… recreating a past event, fits my vision and passion for documenting what was seen with what I envision my path in photography to be about.

 

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18 responses

  1. Great portraits… Bravo!

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    June 28, 2015 at 6:18 pm

  2. Wow! These are wonderful. You really captured the period and the event.

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    June 11, 2015 at 1:21 pm

  3. Wonderful set of images Mike. I love how together they tell the story of this re-enactment. Speaking of stories, it was nice of you to share your journey of creating and processing these images into that wonderful set. Of course the scary thing is that a few days ago I posted a similar set of images on my blog. We’ve got to stop thinking a like.

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    June 8, 2015 at 10:55 pm

  4. Pat

    Great series.

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    June 8, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    • Thanks Pat… one of my fav things to do on this blog.

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      June 8, 2015 at 8:52 pm

  5. Super job once again! Favorites include #s 9, 15, & 18. These, together with your previous re-enactment photos would make a great exhibit or coffee table book!

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    June 8, 2015 at 9:37 am

    • Hmmm… do not temp me… but I know how much it would take to exhibit… my hats off to you and Pat.

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      June 8, 2015 at 8:53 pm

  6. Simply magnificent, Mike. My two favorites are the little girl in #5 and the man with the incredible eye in #8. What an opportunity!

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    June 7, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    • Thanks Gary… as stated it was very small, but sometimes good things come in small venues 🙂

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      June 7, 2015 at 9:26 pm

  7. Nice work, Mike. #14 is a winner, a moving portrait, and #5 is close by.

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    June 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    • Big thanks for stopping by Ralph… I have been experimenting with a longer lens to try and get shots when they are not aware.

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      June 7, 2015 at 9:29 pm

  8. Ron D'Alonzo

    Mike, you said it was a small gathering and there wasn’t much there… you certainly made the most of it, moving shots that capture the feeling.

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    June 7, 2015 at 11:28 am

    • Hi Ron… you know the saying “when given lemonade….” I always give a good try and am glad as many came out as they did.

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      June 7, 2015 at 9:30 pm

  9. Virginia Rice

    I expect the best from Mike Pillows and you always deliver. I especially like the girl writing, mood provoking. Great work Mike.

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    June 7, 2015 at 10:31 am

    • Thanks Virginia… I almost past right by her, had to dbl back when I saw the light.

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      June 7, 2015 at 9:33 pm

  10. Mike,

    As usual, very very well done.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Marty

    mikepillowsphoto wrote: > MikeP posted: ” To be so dedicated to one thing can sometimes be > isolating… unless, you are a re-enactor of a bye gone time. Whether > it be a huge piece of history or just a small intimate moment, to the > enthusiast it seems just like yesterday. Their wealt” >

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    June 7, 2015 at 7:47 am

    • Big thanks for the continued follow… small event but I thought it came out pretty well.

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      June 7, 2015 at 9:34 pm

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