Raw recruits

By mrswoolybill
New arrivals in the Great War re-enactors' squad at Beamish, being put through their paces.
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Must have needed a couple of extra holes in his Sam Brown by the looks.
Taking it very seriously Moira.

ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
9 May 2017 7:35AM
Very good, Moira.
NevJB 6 2 1 United Kingdom
9 May 2017 7:43AM
Great image Grin
9 May 2017 7:48AM
a beautiful shot and tribute to everyone who was in that great and horrendous war.. and with a fine humorous note
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
9 May 2017 8:27AM
Dad's army come to mind.Smile


mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2420 United Kingdom
9 May 2017 8:42AM

Quote:Dad's army come to mind

Just what I thought. I don't know to what extent these four were inexperienced, to what extent they were hamming it up, but I didn't recognise them from previous events. And none of them was at the peak of fitness...
Thanks folks and good morning.
9 May 2017 9:07AM
Pow pow pow !!!
Magnificent image.
9 May 2017 9:07AM
Excellent image
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
9 May 2017 9:26AM
'peak of fitness' is all relative 😁😁😁
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
9 May 2017 9:26AM
Great expressions and a great image Moira!
Isabel GrinGrin
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 167 16 United Kingdom
9 May 2017 9:34AM
A great mono image MoiraGrinGrin

SlowSong Plus
12 9.7k 30 England
9 May 2017 9:35AM
Some way to go yet. Grin
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
9 May 2017 9:41AM
Excellent take, Moira.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1859 England
9 May 2017 10:32AM
This bridges genres (again)...

It fits with your large body of work on WW I sites and memorials. It's the kind of wry observation that you do so well in the contemporary world. And it's also within the retrocapture arena that you mine at Beamish and other places.

Of course Dad's Army comes to mind: but there is a world of respect and reverence in there, I think. People misunderstand what it was about, what was going on. Figures of fun, but ready to stand between their country and invaders, as all soldiers are.

I am deeply moved by Leo's comment: after all, the USSR's contribution to WW II was horrendous beyond measure, and the cost in lives there was enormous. And, arguably, it was what won the war, in the end. Britain could have lost the war in 1940, but winning it depended on American resources and troops, and the way that the Eastern Front ground Hitler's war machine down.
9 May 2017 11:04AM
I am ashamed to admit that my first reaction was "Oh no". Reason: such images come up often in the camera club, along with the goths, trains and planes. I have developed an aversion to reenactments. Sorry. Blush
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
9 May 2017 2:16PM
Love their expressions. I think the second from the left just did something and those on either side are holding back their laughter. And maybe hold their noses too. But....it is a very good image Moira.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2420 United Kingdom
9 May 2017 2:45PM
Thanks everyone, an special thanks to John and Leo for their awards.

Quote:I am ashamed to admit that my first reaction was "Oh no". Reason: such images come up often in the camera club, along with the goths, trains and planes. I have developed an aversion to reenactments. Sorry.

That is my response to re-enactments generally, but mainly when people take them literally. I get particularly irritated by the events that are purely about dressing up - people from boring desk jobs getting their kicks by pretending to be GIs, or Confederate troops, or whatever. And even more so by photographers who present them as being historically authentic.
But I do like people. And there are human stories in the ways that re-enactors struggle valiantly with the task in hand.
The performances at Beamish are generally aimed at education, demonstrating tactics and training drills. I saw a brilliant exposition of the development of the flanking manoeuvre a little while ago, it made more sense than a number of books.
9 May 2017 3:08PM
Splendid !

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capto Plus
9 6.7k 25 United Kingdom
9 May 2017 4:12PM
Perfectly crafted to fit the period.Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
9 May 2017 4:20PM
A very well framed shot of this formation, and the processing works a treat on this subject, Moira Smile
Trev Smile
saltireblue Plus
11 11.9k 75 Norway
9 May 2017 4:31PM
I can almost hear the RSM screaming at them...veins standing out in his neck, ruddy-faced, having to deal with an incompetent bunch of recruits...
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 776 England
9 May 2017 4:38PM
I like reenactments, I find them on the whole fascinating. They bring the past to life and generally the reenactors like to be as accurate as possible in uniform, weapons, etc. I think that accuracy is what we owe to those who participated for real.

I know what you mean Moira about presenting as 'authentic'but I look on these as character studies and try and make the best of that, with as little modern influence as possible, rather akin to a film set as it were.

As an aside, film ad tv series set in the 1970s and 1980s I can spot when things don't look right (must be getting old if those eras are now 'period' settings Wink)

I like them too for the educational side, especially the aspects of day to day life. Most people taking part are very happy to talk about this, and not just from the Allies side.

While we shouldn't forget we shouldn't livein the past either. Personally I always look forward.
From purely a photography point of view I wouldn't want to go back to film processing. And no epz Smile

This has given me an idea of which image to upload later.
9 May 2017 5:10PM
Fine shooting Moira. Not sure if the same could be said for those soldiers though.

bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
9 May 2017 5:48PM
excellent Moira
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2420 United Kingdom
9 May 2017 8:24PM
Thanks Oliie!
And thanks again everyone.

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