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Photojournalism MA student at the LCC

The Battle of Waterloo, its re-enactment, and some images of it

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As mentioned in my previous post I went to a re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo on the weekend. Here are some of the other images. Rather bizarrely (and annoyingly) the aesthetic and the idea that I had for some of the project run closely parallel to the work of another photographer who has only just been unearthed to me. Not ideal at all. I need to go back to the drawing board and re-arrange my thoughts perhaps…

(yep I realise that there is some dust on my sensor too – haven’t had a chance to cleanse the images yet!)

'max colson' 'historical re-enactment' '94th regiment of the foote' 'old scotch brigade' waterloo deserters

Some deserters

'max colson' 'historical re-enactment' waterloo 'calvary charge' calvary

Napoleon's cavalry charge the English

'max colson' 'historical re-enactment' waterloo 'old scotch brigade' '94th regiment of the foote'

Skirmish in the forest

'max colson' 'historical re-enactment' waterloo napoleonic general

Senior officer from Napoleon's army

'max colson' 'historical re-enactment' waterloo napoleonic general

Peering into the dark


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  1. Great shots particularly love the 2nd shot Max… a painting from the ‘romantic’ era.
    I think Bastida’s images are landscape shots…… its about the landscape with this event that happens in it………maybe you could avoid that and focus on the people maybe or just focus closer to the event………just an idea?

    TRACEY FAHY Photography

    June 22, 2011 at 9:05 am

  2. These are awesome Max. The sky, so Turner-esque and Constable-esque give it a sheen of painterly past therefore slight photo-unreality. The first three are very strong as they have this quality, the other two confront the absurdity of re-enacting. I guess you have to decided which way you want to interpret the series. Sorry to spoil your enthusiasm with the link to the Spanish photographer a bit. But actually, this can make you find something else in the re-enacting the way you edit it…just you suggested. My sensor tends to get the spots too…such a pain.

    Veronika Lukasova

    June 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm

  3. So great Max…love em’…love em’….the softness of these is so beautiful!

    Linka Anne O

    June 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm

  4. Thanks for commenting on these ones guys – to be honest I like the first 3 the most exactly because they have the more romantic feel to them, which is what I wanted to do to show how epic these re-creations of history are…I think perhaps if I move further into conveying the action in this way (rather than the sprawling still life landscapes that Bastida uses) then I can differentiate my visual approach….we’ll see !

    It’s important to know what other people are doing in the ball park anyway, you’ve gotta find out sometime 😉


    Max Colson

    June 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm

  5. Fantastic series of photos Max! I love the atmosphere and energy…good job man!


    June 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm

  6. Great stuff Max. I love the 1st and 3rd images best. Taken on its own, out of context, it could seem like a bizarre drunken incident. I like the relative anonymity of the field as well. Could be just about anywhere.


    June 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm

  7. Any more pictures? They really capture the feel of the camp and the feel of the battlefield.


    June 26, 2011 at 8:16 pm

  8. @Dan – yeah that wide open field was so good. It made a nice background…

    @Helen – yes I have more images but I’m in the middle of processing them (i took a air few when I was in Belgium). Once they’re properly sorted out I will be putting them up on my website – you can get to this by going to

    I will keep you posted by e-mail if you wish?

    Cheers Ciril for checking them out too – I’ll be showing a fuller edit of the images at the online MA Photosocial on the 4th July. Come along!

    Max Colson

    June 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

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