My wife and I spent most of the day driving around back roads just south of where we live. We came across a new brewery but didn’t take any photos of that which will mean a trip back. The day started out rather interesting an early start with us getting stuck in a ditch full of water which involved me pushing and her backing the car out. We did it but I ended up standing in ice water over my boots. However this is a result of the day.
I have two passions, the study and recreation of history or historic re-enacting as well as photography. History is made up of people, their ups and downs, interactions, and day to day lives. My fellow re-enactors feel much the same way but the thing that is missing is the faces of those people we try to recreate. These are some of the faces of my fellow historic re-enactors that I photographed at the bicentennial of the battle of Longwoods on the 8th of March 2014. I hope I’ve done them justice as they have tried to do justice to the people from the past and letting them live again.
On the 4th of March 1814, British, Canadian, First Nations, and forces of the United States met in battle by a quiet stream in Upper Canada (Ontario) at a place called Longwoods. As the sun started to set the British forces commenced their attack against the Americans who where dug in on high ground. The resulting battle was an American tactical victory but still forced American forces to pull back to Fort Detroit while the British retreated back to their base at Delaware. So started the final moves between British and American forces in the last year of the War of 1812-1814.
Sometimes a simple walk around the back yard will being out any number of images depending on the weather, time of year, or time of the day. I’ve shot my back yard many times over the year, some of these images are repeats but because of the conditions, time of day, weather, there’re very different.
Fort Malden is a small Canada historic site in the Town of Amhurstburg Ontario Canada. Build in 1796 to secure the western defenses of Upper Canada (Ontario) as well has to act as head quarters of the British Western Division and British Indian Department. The original fort was burned along with much of the town during the War of 1812, rebuilt by the Americans and reoccupied by the British at the end of the war. Over the years the fort has been used as a fortification, mental hospital and orphanage. Currently it is run by Parks Canada as a historic site showing the history of the British Army in the area during the 1830’s. The Town of Amhurstburg is a picturesque little town along the southern end of the Detroit River where it empties into Lake Erie.
Over the years my wife and I have taken a number of portraits. Most have been off the cuff something we see in someone’s face and it’s just one of those catch as catch can kind of things. Lately I’ve been working on “formal” sitting portraiture to learn something new. I’m rather please with the results. . .enjoy. If you have any comments of advice please feel free.