Giles Price’s aerial views of battlefields show soldiers advancing in formation and fallen bodies in calligraphic patterns. His series “Gettysburg Readdressed 2013” appeared in the New York Times Magazine. Initially Price was drawn to the Gettysburg re-enactment by the opportunity to make an image of “Pickett’s Charge - the final decisive battle, which turned the course of the war and therefore history, as we know it.”

Price was fascinated by the concept of capturing an historical moment from an era before aerial images,” the military satellite or drone view..” were possible. “Gettysburg was one of the first historical events captured by the then new medium of photography.” Price used modern equipment and shot the Pickett’s Charge pictures from a helicopter.

Price’s aerial photographs of green battlefields, littered with bodies are seemingly choreographed by titans. He shows the jarring clash between the spectators in their bright shorts and t-shirts and the re-enactors. By placing the audience in the foreground, sometimes seated on bleachers, we see that the spectators outnumber the participants, exposing the discrepancies and artifice of the staged presentation and “questioning how we examine and digest war in the modern age.”

Price states that “The images from above reduce the re-enacted battle scenes to something that resembles toy soldiers on a board. This aspect of play and playing war enabled me to focus on the people who inhabit the roles of historical figures, both famous and not, who fought in the battle.”

Price shot a series of straightforward, color portraits of reenactors outfitted in period clothing. He sought to expose the intrinsic character of the sitter rather than emphasize their costume. By choosing to place the Confederate soldiers against blue, and the Union soldiers against grey background, the uniforms stand out visually against the opposite color, as he reminds us of the resulting unity of the states.

Gettysburg Readdressed
Spectators watch a battlefield re-enactment
Maj Gen George G Meade - Union Army
Confederate soldiers try storming the Union Army line during a battlefield re-enactment
Sgt James Mayorker - 10th PA Regiment Company G - Union Army
Cpl Patrick Sullivan - 33rd Virginian Regiment Company E - Confederate Army
Harriet Tubman - abolitionist and Union spy
Spectators watch a battlefield re-enactment
The re-enactment of Pickett's Charge, the decisive moment of the Battle of Gettysburg
Pt Dylan - 10th PA Regiment Reserves - Union Army
Ashley Sonntag - Woman's relief society providing aid to confederate hospitals
Dead confederate bodies litter a battlefield re-enactment
Alan Farley - Regimental Chaplin 33rd Virginian Guard - Confederate Army
Linda Gray - mourner
Soldiers assigned the role of casualties playing dead
Gen Robert E Lee - the defeated confederate general

Gettysburg Readdressed

Giles Price’s aerial views of battlefields show soldiers advancing in formation and fallen bodies in calligraphic patterns. His series “Gettysburg Readdressed 2013” appeared in the New York Times Magazine. Initially Price was drawn to the Gettysburg re-enactment by the opportunity to make an image of “Pickett’s Charge – the final decisive battle, which turned the course of the war and therefore history, as we know it.”

Price was fascinated by the concept of capturing an historical moment from an era before aerial images,” the military satellite or drone view..” were possible. “Gettysburg was one of the first historical events captured by the then new medium of photography.” Price used modern equipment and shot the Pickett’s Charge pictures from a helicopter.

Price’s aerial photographs of green battlefields, littered with bodies are seemingly choreographed by titans. He shows the jarring clash between the spectators in their bright shorts and t-shirts and the re-enactors. By placing the audience in the foreground, sometimes seated on bleachers, we see that the spectators outnumber the participants, exposing the discrepancies and artifice of the staged presentation and “questioning how we examine and digest war in the modern age.”

Price states that “The images from above reduce the re-enacted battle scenes to something that resembles toy soldiers on a board. This aspect of play and playing war enabled me to focus on the people who inhabit the roles of historical figures, both famous and not, who fought in the battle.”

Price shot a series of straightforward, color portraits of reenactors outfitted in period clothing. He sought to expose the intrinsic character of the sitter rather than emphasize their costume. By choosing to place the Confederate soldiers against blue, and the Union soldiers against grey background, the uniforms stand out visually against the opposite color, as he reminds us of the resulting unity of the states.

 

Spectators watch a battlefield re-enactment.

Maj Gen George G Meade - Union Army.

Confederate soldiers try storming the Union Army line during a battlefield re-enactment.

Sgt James Mayorker - 10th PA Regiment Company G - Union Army.

Cpl Patrick Sullivan - 33rd Virginian Regiment Company E - Confederate Army.

Harriet Tubman - abolitionist and Union spy.

Spectators watch a battlefield re-enactment.

The re-enactment of Pickett's Charge, the decisive moment of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Pt Dylan - 10th PA Regiment Reserves - Union Army.

Ashley Sonntag - Woman's relief society providing aid to confederate hospitals.

Dead confederate bodies litter a battlefield re-enactment.

Alan Farley - Regimental Chaplin 33rd Virginian Guard - Confederate Army.

Linda Gray - mourner.

Soldiers assigned the role of casualties playing dead.

Gen Robert E Lee - the confederate general who was defeated.