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Napoleon Dynamite

This series of photographs explores the spectacular events put on by historical re-enactors of the Napoleonic period. In order for me to gain access to photograph these dramatic set pieces, held at various locations in Europe, it was stipulated that I had to dress up and live as a re-enactor whilst I photographed. Gladly taking this chance to try something different, I journeyed and camped with the guards of the 94th Regiment of the Foot, a British re-enactment unit, as they participated in battles across the UK and at the annual gatherings to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium.

This project was incredibly entertaining to make. It also marked my first attempt to move away from factual reportage photography, by immersing myself in a situation in which I had to assume an alternate identity and use the camera to depict an illusory reality.