Sunrise on an early morning shoot at Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee. This is one of my favorite places to shoot, especially in the late winter and early spring. I went down this weekend to photograph one of the nesting pairs of Bald Eagles, unfortunately, they were not very active around the nest. I go early because I always want to try to catch the sunrise and sometimes I get lucky to capture the fog lifting from the battlefield. The National Military Parks serve as great reminders of the past, but they also serve as places of conservation. When you visit, listen to the voices of the past and captivate yourself in the here and now.
One of my favorite past times is to visit Civil War battlefields. Each year my family would plan our summer vacation and it usually involved traveling to a battlefield. There is something unexplainable about walking a place that once was filled with conflict and now sits quiet. For me it is also about remembering what happened.
When photographing at battlefields I have a few ideas that I keep in mind. First, capture a picture that highlights the beauty of the area. Second, capture a picture that reminds us or serves as a glimpse into the past and what happened. Third, try to capture the viewers imagination.
“At Ease” is such a simple picture, but it is a popular discussion piece. It serves as a small glimpse into the past, but it also captures the viewers imagination. This was taken at the 150th anniversary reenactment at Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield in Tennessee. It was just something that I didn’t think much about when I captured the picture walking the trails and looking at the encampments. To me it serves as a reminder of the calm before the storm. What does it mean to you?