Sunday, August 19, 2012

Photographing the Middle Ages

It is one of the ironies of life that while I was hanging out in the Middle Ages one of my best friends was hanging out at the BlogHer conference in New York City, and (further irony) we were texting updates on both events back and forth between the 2 millennia. It is yet another irony that one of my chief activities at Pennsic is taking pictures, and indeed as mentioned in my last post, I actually attended a class on how to take better pictures at the event.

My Pennsic pictures seem to fall into 3 categories: First and most important documenting what we as a family are doing, secondly random photos of what makes Pennsic special (Fighters, garb, camp walls and gates) and thirdly pictures that capture the only at Pennsic juxtaposition between ancient and modern.

The weather figured in a lot of my photos this year

dad and kids waiting out a storm

Did I mention the weather?

Eventually the storm would pass and we would go on.
He was flying over the battlefield, not sure that was a good omen
I don't know if he was coming from the battlefield or going to it
but he made an interesting contrast with the tents

One on one combat

Most camps expend a lot of effort on their gates and walls

What I cannot give you is an idea of the scale of things when
10,000+ people all get together in the same place
to camp for 2 weeks. For that you would need one of the aerial photos
that are taken each year. If you are really interested this web site
some of many postcards that have been
sold over the years including some aerial views.


  1. Really enjoyed the photos, Meg! I have never been to one of these events but I am fascinated by the history of the Middle Ages. 10,000+ people there, wow! I am going to read your post from Friday too.

  2. Thank you for the kind really is an amazing event. There are alot of smaller scale events all over the country though. If you are interested in the time period you should check one out some time.

  3. I am putting together a scrapbook of Pennsic XLI and would love to use the photos you took of the lightning.... I just couldn't seem to catch the actual strikes! Would you mind? Each Pennsic is a little different.... I used to only do a book every few years, now it is pretty much every year. I love to look through them and remember!

  4. Kim you are welcome to use the photo. I try to do an album every year also, though the last few are still sitting on the camera card waiting for the money inthe budget for bulk printing photos. And you are right about the uniqueness of each Pennsic. I have seen other Pennsics that it rained a lot, but never one with such spectacular storms.