Shooting Militaria Part 1

A while ago I had a chance to shoot some military artefacts – a friend’s father collected them and I was generously given as many as I wanted to photograph for a weekend (thanks Andy). Quite an exciting challenge though I’m glad the police didn’t pull me over and inspect the boot of my car on the journeys there and back… It turned into one of the busiest weekends I’d had.

First a WW2 gas mask – I tried various lighting but this seemed to work best, split between light and shadow and rather disturbing.


Next is a cap badge of the 17th Lancers/Queen’s Royal Lancers – the motto led to the phrase ‘death or glory boys’ . Very graphic and quite fascinating!


This one is a military sword, but the shadow adds something to the dynamic of the shot.


Finally a few bullets illuminated with tungsten light. Given a handfull of (deactivated) bullets, it’s surprisingly difficult to come up with a composition.00029069

As always these shots are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome.

Thanks for looking!


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