In the summer of 2010 I came across an ad about The War and Peace Annual Show.
Having grown up in the Middle east, I was intruiged by the "promising" title. So I packed my gear and set off to Kent were the event was held. The show, which is one of the largest gatherings of it's kind in the Europe, attracts hundreds of WW2 enthusiasts, re-enactors and veterans as well as WW2 motor vehicle and memorabilia collectors. The photographs presented here are from a series of images taken over a period of 4 years while attending 2 annual shows and other similar events in the south of England.
During the event participation of re-enactors in these events focuses on one of two different aspects of the lives of the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen that were involved in the conflict. The first, known as living history, emphasises the Garrison life of the average serviceman.The other involves simulated combat between the Allied forces and The Axis. The events are open to all ages and they attaract thousands of spectators every year.
The look of the encampment area was very convincing and I had the surreal feeling of stumbling upon a film set. After a few minutes of entering the event I started to py attention to how much it was a family orientated. Exhibitors and reenactors bring thier families and even get them to get involved themselves.
My views and feelings towards weapons is something that I felt I needed to express and I decided to approach the subject in a light and homouristic way alluding to the absurdity of one of our more destructive natures. I intend to continue documenting similar events and places where war and weapons are exhibited and celebrated.