A Revolutionary Photo Op – Fairfax’s 275th Birthday

A Hessian Guard re-enactor , right, supervises his fellow re-enactors as another re-enactore shoots a phone video during the Fairfax 275th Commemoration, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Fairfax, Va. To see what they are videoing, please look below. Photo by Rob Paine/Deep Creek Images/Copyright 2017

Its been a while since I have been a full time working photojournalist. Despite that I continually get the opportunity to tell stories with my camera. Those opportunities have ranged from documenting a bride’s wedding day to telling a story with pictures what makes a client’s business great. Occasionally, when I have the time and the chance, I might just visit a local event for the fun of it to  practice my story telling skills, which was the case yesterday in the City of Fairfax where The County of Fairfax celebrated its 275th Birthday. (please see more photos and text below)

A Hessian Guard re-enactor , left , and his fellow American Revolution-Era re-enactors conduct an inspection during the Fairfax 275th Commemoration, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in from of the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Va. Photo by Rob Paine/Deep Creek Images/Copyright 2017

The fair held to celebrate Fairfax’s milestone birthday was a big one. It covered several acres of downtown Fairfax and hundreds of people were involved. I find the best way to photograph an event like this is to focus in on one specific area or group of people. So when I saw these 18th Century authentic re-enactors photographing each other with 21-Century iPhones, I knew I had my “story.”

Photo by Rob Paine/Deep Creek Images/Copyright 2017

Re-enactor groups like this one do an incredible job of bringing history to life. I have great admiration for what they do especially on a day like yesterday when the temperatures were soaring and the humidity levels were approaching the triple digit mark. No matter what the weather, they are still wearing very warm clothing and hats so they can maintain their authentic look.

Photo by Rob Paine/Deep Creek Images/Copyright 2017

Photo by Rob Paine/Deep Creek Images/Copyright 2017

Photo by Rob Paine/Deep Creek Images/Copyright 2017

Another re-enactor portraying  George Washington, right, also take photos during a re-enactment . Photo by Rob Paine/Deep Creek Images/Copyright 2017

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