Striking Portraits of Historical Reenactors

In the United States, historical reenactments are usually limited to the Civil War battlefields peppered along the East Coast. But one imagines that European historical reenactors have a much broader geographic area — not to mention the seemingly unlimited historical conflicts. Photographer Jim Naughten found inspiration in a group of highbrow Live Action Role Players in Kent, England, who, with the help of intricate and meticulous costumes, recreate battles from the First and Second World Wars. “Taking on a different name, identity and sometimes even a different tongue, the role players re-enact battles and drills from an imagined past,” Naughten describes. “It is something more than acting, a collective fantasy played out on a massive scale.” Take a look at his gorgeous portraits of a group of these reenactors, all of which could be easily mistaken for colorized images of vintage photographs.

Image credit: Jim Naughten
Image credit: Jim Naughten