ROMANTIC DREAMS OF WAR
Shot through an inverted anamorphic lens, this series of portraits documents a small group of re-enactors produced over three days during the 2015 war and peace revival in Folkestone, UK. In the same way these re-enactors wish to connect with a time not of their own experience, the work is an attempt to bring me closer to a world not mine and to help understand my uneasy fascination with war.
Anamorphic lenses were invented during the first world war for use in tanks to allow for a greater field of view. Hollywood later adapted this technology to produce cinemascope, ultra widescreen, in an attempt to encourage people back to the big screens during the advent of the television. Using the anamorphic lens on its inverted axis accentuates the swirl and softens the boundary of the image, having a strong reference to filmic qualities but still distanced from the hollywood widescreen, the overall feeling created reflects our collective (mine and the re-enactors) romantic view of war.
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