Men & Boys of War

 

Men and Boys of War is a series of traditional photographic portraits portraying real war veterans and veteran families displayed alongside reenacted battle scenes of the war in which they served. The juxtapositions within the diptychs reveal how war re-enactments are period-piece events that symbolize an idealized past -- one of virtue and simplicity. In these elaborate events, civilian day-trippers play out fantasies of grandeur and heroism, side by side with real life veterans who use these events to cathartically relive personal trauma and attempt to socially re-acclimate within the familiar context of war in the safety of a civilian event.

Hitler Youth Reenacted
Hitler Youth Reenacted

reenactment: D-Day Conneaut, Ohio Nazi Camp

Norman Johnson, Battle of Bulge / D-
Norman Johnson, Battle of Bulge / D-

reenactment: Battle of the Bulge, Fort Indian Gap, PA

Brand New Johnson M1941 Rifle
Brand New Johnson M1941 Rifle

reenactment: American Camp, WWII Weekend & Air Show, Reading, PA 15” H x 21” W

Asked not to be Named
Asked not to be Named

Vietnam Veteran Service 1964 - 1966 reenactment: "A" Company, 1/7th Cav. 1st Cavalry Division, Boalsburg, PA

Ground Pounders
Ground Pounders

reenactment: Military Museum Vietnam Weekend. Boalsburg, PA

John Flysher
John Flysher

D-day veteran. served 1943-1944 reenactment:

Little Drummer Boy
Little Drummer Boy

reenactment: The Battle of La Fiere Stone Bridge Reenactment, Ohio

Marion Gray
Marion Gray

Marion Gray, Battle of Bulge and D-Day WWII 29th Infantry 116th Regiment: A Co. D-Day Medic reenactment: D-Day Conneaut, Ohio

Lone Wolf
Lone Wolf

Vietnam, US Air Force, & Reenactor wearing his original helmet, showing off his Hawkeye Instamatic Camera used in combat, 1971. reenactment: Military Museum Vietnam Weekend. Boalsburg, PA

Red Star
Red Star

reenactment: Tanks Parking. WWII Weekend Vehicle Show, Reading, PA

Gearing Up, Moving Out
Gearing Up, Moving Out

reenactment: Battle of the Buldge Fort Indiantown Gap, PA

Soviet Red Marching
Soviet Red Marching

reenactment: Partisan Camps. WWII Weekend, Reading, PA

Gebirgsjäger
Gebirgsjäger

reenactment: WWII Automobile Show, Reading, PA

Robert Liongfeilt
Robert Liongfeilt

Vietnam Veteran. Lonesome Polecats 192nd Assault Helicopter Company reenactment: "A" Company, 1/7th Cav. 1st Cavalry Division, Boalsburg, PA

My Grand Daddy Served in Nam
My Grand Daddy Served in Nam

reenactment: Vietnam "A" Company, 1/7th Cav. 1st Cavalry Division, Boalsburg, PA 15.5" H x 22" H C-Print