Inspired by some very old musty prints and tales from my Mum and Dad about living and working through WW2 I set out to shoot some images that represented that era.
Through some research I managed to find a guy called Manny who had collection of WW2 memorbillia (and that’s a huge understatement !) who was also located not far from me.
As expected he was very passionate about the era and travelled to many of the reenactments both here and abroad during the summer months.
During our chat he mention the authentic 750cc 1943 Harley Davidson he had and a U.S infantryman’s uniform as worn in the DDay invasion.
At that point the image came together, how about we create a story where a U.S Army Despatch Rider from headquarters company is delivering messages to and from various units.
The setting would be a forest in northern France and so my next job was to find the location and arrange the logistics of getting Manny and his bike there.
Manny was a dream to work with bringing authentic maps,rifles,etc giving us plenty of options for many variations I may want to try.
My work is about quiet moments so I worked around the idea of the rider taking a rest from his dangerous assignment.