Suburban Knights: A Return to the Middle Ages, with an introduction by Leo Braudy, collects photographs and interviews with members of the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA) conducted between 2003 and 2005 by fine art photographer E.F. Kitchen.
According to Kitchen:
The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is a group devoted to recreating the arts and activities of the Middle Ages in the present. One of their activities is to create large-scale mock wars, in which they wear period armor and engage in physically rigorous combat. Not content to stage polite mock battles, they meet by the thousands on vast fields, wearing full body armor and forcefully striking one another with rattan swords.
From 2003 to 2005, I photographed and interviewed heavy weapons fighters from the SCA on location at the sites where they reenact various battle scenarios. I present them to you here under their SCA names and personas.
To create these images, I used a large-format 8 x 10 camera and then made custom platinum prints from the original negatives. I chose antique photographic equipment and an archival printing method to achieve a look that would be impossible to create using a modern, point-and-shoot camera: the antique lenses have defects that make the images unique, and the platinum prints evoke a certain timelessness with their exceptional detail and rich, expanded tonal scale.
View sample images from the book at Kitchen’s website.