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    Posted: 06 June 2022 at 12:47
This wekend, the revival of an annual reenactment event in Alkmaar after the covid period.
The event is about the celebration of the victory of Alkmaar against the SPanish occupation in 1573.
During the event, a part of the old town is decorated and many participants are dressed up, face painted etc. to show live in the 16th century, including old professions and victims of the plague, leprosy etc. A fun event to watch.

Here a few (of a much larger set) to get an impression.

#1 Ze denken dat ik gek ben (they think I am crazy)



#2 Waagtoren and a replica of the first submarine invented by Cornelus Dremmel



#3 Buskers in front of the (green) "Huis met de kogel" (House with the bullet). The house was hit by a cannon in 1573, the bullet is still shown on the facade.



#4 Poverty



#5 Orphan girls



#6 Fire eater



#7 Party



#8 Cheers!



#9 Begger



#10 Leprosy patients



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#12 Latin school



#13 Fire!



#14 Glasses in style



#15 The medical corner



#16 Enema



#17 Leprosy patient



#18 Having the time of her live!



#19 And the cheese market of course



#20 See you next year !


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 June 2022 at 13:29
Fred,
With the exception of the grotesque, this looks marvellous. Obviously the historic cheese market town of Alkmaar is a perfect setting for this 16th century re-enactment festival, and the participants get into the spirit of it all, removing their watches, leaving their smart phones at home, and dressing authentically.
Looks like real fun to be part of as a participant, and also as an observer.
Thanks for showing it to us.
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A very interesting festival that was very well captured and presented.
#7 is completely outstanding for me. The low angle and timing of the shot are perfect.
The town citizens have a very long memory if they're celebrating a successful defense of the town from back in 1573!
They've done well to capture how difficult life was back then.

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Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

The event is about the celebration of the victory of Alkmaar against the SPanish occupation in 1573.


Really? There is important history before 1776?

#11 is a superb classic portrait, beautifully lit and composed. The color for the whole series and your superb processing (these can't be right out of the camera are they?) is important but I do wonder how they would look in black and white.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 June 2022 at 20:48
Thanks Joe, Sashi and Roger!
Indeed they have an eye for detail with removed watches etc. based on many years experience.

@Roger_Rex: Nothing straight out of camera for me, since I always shoot in RAW.
You must know me a bit better by now , so yes tried some BW ceonversions too.

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Interesting to me in that it is quite hard for me to decide color or black and white, perhaps it varies image by image. The colors are so warm and rich. #30 - even here I cannot decide; in both color and black and white the image is masterful. Thanks for showing the black and white images. Usually I can quickly decide - not here.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2022 at 01:58
Fred,
For me the colour versions work best. They bring the medieval recreated scenes to life. Maybe it's because we are used to seeing depictions of the medieval in paintings?
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very entertaining series Fred. The girls in #5 look very sad, well captured. I like the dark background in #11. Well chosen exposure. After that i looked at the b&w's and maybe these are even better as a series. Maybe not in the case of #5 and 30. TFS Fred
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2022 at 08:31
Great to see re-enactments staged again after the covid hiatus. Beautifully photographed, you did justice to the hard work of the participants in achieving the right appeaarance for the occasion. The leprosy makeup is disturbingly realistic.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jadom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2022 at 14:21
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Fred,
For me the colour versions work best. They bring the medieval recreated scenes to life. Maybe it's because we are used to seeing depictions of the medieval in paintings?


Agree with Joe. I also like color version better.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2022 at 21:51
Thanks all! Nice to hear the different opinions.
Maybe I shouldn't have shown the colour and BW together. Like Roger I am in doubt too.

@alanfrombangor: The make up artists did a great job indeed. All participants were well prepared.
The girl in #17 and 28 (only 14 years old) just stood closely in front of people looking at them like in these pics. You may have noticed that this was shot at focal length of 30mm only since she was so close.
Most people didn't know how to react on her.
Via a post on my Insta I learned from her mother (who asked to buy the large size versions) that she wants to become an actor. Well, she did a perfect excersice audition here!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 June 2022 at 06:56
excellent series, Fred! what a treat! (except for the make-up an awesome job).
great photo material!
(you didn't ask where he bought that ruff collar, did you? ;)).

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 June 2022 at 15:39
Congratulations Fred on a well executed documentary on life before we knew it in your land. What an amazing effort by all the participants. They give a convincing impression of total immersion in their roles. I should image they would be delighted with your skills at capturing their day.

TFS

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Originally posted by angora angora wrote:

excellent series, Fred! what a treat! (except for the make-up an awesome job).
great photo material!
(you didn't ask where he bought that ruff collar, did you? ;)).


Thanks Ine! No I didn't ask, but there was a tailor crew involved in the preparations too
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