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?