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Re:enactment 2017-08-26T17:35:08+12:00

Project Description

Re:enactment

The 1st World War is the national trauma of the people of New Zealand and the centenary of the beginning of WW1 was commemorated all over New Zealand. For my project Re:enactment I searched through the Nelson Provincial Museum’s photographic collection and selected 50 images that were in good condition, had interesting subject matter and connected the region to WW1.

The Nelson Provincial Museum‘s photographic collection is an extensive record of Nelson region‘s social history and development, spanning the entire period from the 1860s to the present day. The collection forms a unique and detailed continuous documentation of the region.

With photocopies of these images in my hands I wandered through Nelson and the immediate environment and tried to find the exact spot where a historical photograph had been taken 100 years ago. Once located, I recreated the same frame by shooting the image in similar light conditions, or focusing on a contemporary event being held in the same place. The majority of the images are diptychs: a historical image paired with my digital photograph. Other project images are a blend – where historical elements, like tents, horses and men, appear in black and white and the surrounding countryside in digital colours.

Re:enactment provides the opportunity to explore these historical pictures and rediscover where in the region the places are. This in turn adds new values to these images from 100 years ago. I am connecting the past to the present.

My selection of historical photographs were photographed by Frederick Nelson Jones. Frederick Nelson Jones, called Pompy, was born in Nelson on 4 May 1881 and died in Nelson on 29 August 1962.

Foto: Photomontage

The Camp at Tapawera. Nelson NZ, April 1914    Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 309977

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Peace Day, Nelson NZ, 19. July 1919 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 321210

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

The 27th Leave Nelson, 6. March 1917 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 310972

Military Parade, Nelson College Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 309983

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Anzac Day, Nelson NZ, 25. April 1916 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 311334

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Anzac Day at Nelson, 25. April 1916 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 311337

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Unveiling Memorial to Fallen Soldiers, Kohatu, Mr H Atmore, MP, Speaking, 12. July 1921 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 321205

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

26ths Leave, Nelson, NZ, 6. February 1917 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 310969

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Lord Bledisloe’s Visit, Motueka. Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 310965

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Camp at Tapawera, Nelson, “Massey’s Toilers”, 1916 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 321381

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Nelson Contingent off to the Front.18. August 1914 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 321256

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Regatta at Nelson, Knock the Kaiser, 1. February 1916 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 321405

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Camp at Tapawera, Handing out Equipment. Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 309900

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Heroes from the Dardanelles. Nelson Welcomes Her First Batch Wounded, 24. July 1915 Nelson Provincial Museum, Print Collection: 287808

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

The Camp at Tapawera. April 1914 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 312539

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Miss Lightfoots Pupils – Singing to the 16ths, Nelson, 2. May 1916 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 311004

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Camp at Tapawera, Nelson NZ, The Church Parade, 26. April 1914 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 309984

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Welcome to Returned Heroes, Hon. A T Maginnity speaking, Nelson, NZ, 19. January 1916 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 309985

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Peace Celebrations Nelson,13. November 1918 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 312136

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Anzac Day, Nelson NZ, 25. April 1916 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 311333

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Anzac Day at Nelson, 25. April 1916 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 311335

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Anzac Day at Nelson, NZ, 23. April 1917 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 311336

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Anzac Day, Nelson NZ, 25. April 1916 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 311332

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

The 21sts leave Nelson, 19. September 1916 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 310890

Foto: Photomontage

Mounted Infantry Camp, Tapawer, April 1916. Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 312194

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

23rds Leaving, Nelson NZ, 14.11.1916 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 310987

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Victory Day at Nelson. 19.17.1919, Maori Maidens Performing A Haka Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 321206

Foto: Photomontage

Camp at Tapawera, April 1914, Poatao Pealers At Work Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 312529

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Camp at Tapawera. The Specialists, April 1914 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 312542

Foto: Photomontage

The Camp at Tapawera. Nelson NZ, April 1914    Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 309977

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

Peace Celebrations Nelson. 13. November 1918 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 312137

Foto: New Zealand, South Island, Nelson, city and landscapes
Foto: WW1, New Zealand, historical image from a glass plate negative

The Camp at Tapawera. April 1914 Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 312539

Foto: Photomontage

Military Camp, 12th Regiment in Camp Tapawera, 5 – 13 April 1916 Nelson Provincial Museum, Copy Collection

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