First of all, my name is Joe and I’m from Surrey (Pretty sure that line made me sound like someone on ‘TakeMeOut'). I have been a World War II crack head since I was about 8 and I’ve just turned 21, so I like to think I ‘know’ something... LOL.
Currently studying to become an Art Director, I have decided to marry my profession with my passion. After extensive research, over the next year I aim to produce a series of photographs to make a book.
The photos are going to be taken on an original 1935 Leica IIIA Rangefinder Camera, hand developed and printed with vintage darkroom equipment. The photo paper will be as accurate as possible with period branding. The photo book itself will also be hand made with accurate paper stock, protection and binding. Any printing work will be produced using the letterpress method.
I have taken great interest in one particular SS-Kriegsberichter – Obersturmführer Friedrich Fritzel Zschäckel (I own his camera). So I'll be doing an impression of him. Before the war, Zschäckel taught photography in Munich with Heinrich Hoffman (I won’t patronize you by telling you who he is). Serving with five different divisions, he specialized in both portraits and combat photography. I have been analyzing his photographic works, looking at his style and composition; I will be mimicking all of his traits.
To take these photographs, I want to re-enact him with great detail. I've managed to track some of his relatives, so we'll see how that one turns out. After acquiring a couple of photos of him in action, I have been doing further research and will be putting together his uniform. I guess I’ll be an ‘individual’ re-enactor but hopefully the relevant groups won’t mind me slipping in and out. I can imagine there are a couple annoying of re-enactors out there who think they are ‘special’ and ‘different’ by re-enacting a particular role, but I truly hope that you can all see my purpose.
Sorry for the long and tiring message, I would love some feedback on my ‘project idea’. See you soon (Hopefully at W&P).
Oh and I can speak a fair amount of German, so that's a bonus