“Battlefield Cant” consists of photographs from the European battlefields of WW2 and prose from the soldiers who fought there.
Battlefield Cant Project
Battlefield n. the field or ground on which a battle is fought.
Cant n. the phraseology peculiar to a particular class, party, profession
“Battlefield Cant” are a series of photographs from the European battlefields of WW2 and prose from the soldiers who fought there.
The heroic deeds of the landings at Normandy and the Allied triumph of WW2 are the defining moment of a dying generation. I have a keen interest in what remains of these sacred locations, both in images & words. In April of 2011 I began the project “Battlefield Cant” and visited the Normandy D-Day landing beaches and battlefields photographing with my trusty wooden 8x10 camera.
Being deeply affected by reading the accounts of our soldiers, I was motivated to start a collection of quotations from American veterans who fought in these locations. I seek funding to produce an exhibition of platinum prints, a book combining words & images, and a second trip to Europe following the boot steps and treads of the Allies to complete Battlefield Cant.
Images from Normandy
Mary of the Bullitt- a glass enclosed statue of the Virgin Mary posed with her hand across her heart got caught in the cross fire of Germans and American paratroopers fighting it out in the church of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. Notice the bullitt hole that remains as evidence of the short fire fight.
Triptych of American Landing Points in Normandy in Cyanotypes
Bluffs of Utah Beach
Dog Green Sector- Omaha Beach
Point Du Hoc Memorial
Point Du Hoc- Three companies of Rangers landed by sea at the foot of the cliffs, and scaled them using ropes, ladders, and grapples under German fire, and engaged the enemy at the top of the cliff and destroyed the artillery that threatened the other beaches.
Brecourt Manor- This is a photograph of the site that Easy Company of the 101st Airborne assaulted 4 artillery batteries. The short battle is often cited as a classic example of small-unit tactics and leadership in overcoming a larger enemy force.
Bunker Over Looking Beach at Point Du Hoc
Crater Landscape at Point Du Hoc
Norman Fields- Across fields such as these squads of Allied infantry had to cross exposed to fire from German troops hidden in stands of trees or hedgerows. It was slow going and dangerous as MG 42 fire or mortars would take thier toll on the Allies as they traversed field after field.
Longues Sur Mer Battery Observation Bunker
Batteries of Longues Sur Mer- Four batteries on the Norman Coast had to be eliminated for the invasion so the Allies tasked the Air Force to bomb them into submission. However the Germans built them to last, and it came down to a naval duel with battleships to force the surrender of the Germans manning the guns.
Omaha Beach Surviving Mulberry Dock
Sherman Treads- The M4 Sherman tank is the classic armor unit of American forces. Fast, agile, and in abundance it would prove to be delicate yet effective in ensuring allied victory. It earned the nick name, Ronson after the cigarette lighter company due to the unfortunate way it would easily explode and burn from taking hits.
German 88- The most feared artillery piece in WW2 was certainly the 88 mm gun. This German anti-aircraft and anti-tank artillery gun was widely used by Germany throughout the war, and was one of the most recognizable German weapons of the war. It had a high rate of fire, deadly accurate and was the bane of Allied tanks and infantry.
Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that gives a cyan-blue print. The process was popular in engineering circles well into the 20th century. By todays standards, they are rare and pleasurable to see if you like some thing a bit different.
Gelatin silver prints were the dominant photographic process nearly from the period of their introduction in the 1880s until the 1960s when they were eclipsed by consumer color photography. As such, the gelatin silver or black-and-white print represents a primary form of visual documentation in the 20th century. I will be hand printing them on fiber paper and they are extremely archival and beautiful to behold.
Platinum prints, also called platinotypes, are photographic prints made by a monochrome printing process that provides the greatest tonal range of any printing method using chemical development as well as ultimate archivalbility. Unlike the silver print process, platinum lies on the paper surface, while silver lies in a gelatin or albumen emulsion that coats the paper. As a result, since no gelatin emulsion is used, the final platinum image is absolutely matte with a deposit of platinum and palladium absorbed slightly into the paper. I also add a drop of gold chloride to add warmth to my Pt/Pl images. They are extremely time consuming to print, but I feel they are the ultimate expression of the Battle Field Cant imagery.
Expect to receive thank you notes, 4x6 prints and vials of sand two weeks after the project closes if we reach our funding goal. The silver prints and cyanotypes by October, and the Platinum prints by November. This is all being printed and packaged by me, David, so if its wildly successful, it may take a week or two longer. Lets hope so!
Pigment prints are made from a photo ink jet printer that utilize a higher end ink, instead of conventional dye based inks, pigmented ink is used to ensure longevity.
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A thank you note and a signed 4x6 pigment print of either Omaha or Utah beach.
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Thank you note - Signed 4x6 pigment print – Glass vial containing actual sand from Omaha or Utah landing beach to match your print. The sand along with the print truly makes a sacred reward!
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$75 Dollars: Thank you note - Signed 4x6 pigment print with vial of sand from the landing beach – Limited Edition Mary of the Bullitt cyanotype print. After a brief firefight in the church at Saint Marie DuMont between Army Paratroopers and German artillery spotters a glass enclosed statue of the Virgin Mary took a hit. I am offering a very limited edition of 12 prints 12 days before the close of Battlefield Cant’s Kickstarter campaign to ensure the funding goals are reached. You can see this image in update #3.Estimated delivery:
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Thank you note - Signed 4x6 pigment print with vial of sand from the landing beach – Hand printed limited edition 8x10 silver gelatin print of “Dog Green Sector”, Omaha beach. These will be limited to an edition of 100. Dog Green Sector is the beach location featured in Saving Private Ryan’s opening scene and was the most difficult landing beach for the allies to secure.
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Thank you note - Signed 4x6 pigment print with vial of sand from the landing beach - Cyanotype Triptych of the American landing points in Normandy. This is a wonderful and unique image of the three landing battlefields where American forces began the liberation of France and printed with a classic alternative process, the cyanotype. The image is moody, and blue, like the memories of the beaches and cliffs.
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Thank you note - Signed 4x6 pigment print with vial of sand from the landing beach – Hand printed limited edition 8x10 silver gelatin print of “Dog Green Sector”, Omaha beach – Two more silver gelatin 8x10 prints to cover all the American landing beaches, including a photograph of Utah beach sand dunes, and a photograph of Point Du Hoc’s cliffs. This will complete your set of prints that will be presented in special limited edition Battlefield Cant archival folio.
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Thank you note - Signed 4x6 pigment print with vial of sand from the landing beach – 16x20 silver gelatin print of Mary of the Bullitt, the signature image from the project.
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Thank you note - Signed 4x6 pigment print with vial of sand from the landing beach – Your choice of a limited edition Platinum Palladium 8x10 Print from the Battlefield Cant project. I’m limiting the platinum prints of Battlefield Cant to just 15 prints each making them very special and eternal.
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Thank you note - Signed 4x6 pigment print with vial of sand from the landing beach – Platinum Palladium 8x10 Print from the Battlefield Cant project - Choose one more Platinum Palladium 8x10 Print for a total of two photographs of your choice. A great way to display this pair of prints is in diptych, mounted in a large mat with two openings for the prints to be viewed side by side. Or frame both and place them next to each other, either way they will look spectacular.
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Thank you note - Signed 4x6 pigment print with vial of sand from the landing beach – Two Platinum Palladium 8x10 Print from the Battlefield Cant project - Choose one more Platinum Palladium 8x10 Print for a total of three photographs of your choice. Having a suite consisting of three of your favorite images from Battlefield Cant in platinum is stunning when on display. Remember, I'm only printing 15 in this edition and will deliver the prints in an archival folio.
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Thank you note - Signed 4x6 pigment print with vial of sand from the landing beach – Three platinum 8x10 Prints from the Battlefield Cant project – Dinner with David Brommer in NYC as we discuss the project and choose three more platinum prints for a total of six platinum prints to complete your collection. A personal touch and way to say thank you for supporting The Battlefield Cant project, these six prints will be presented in an archival box and you’ll also get a darn fine meal out of it.
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Thank you note - Signed 4x6 pigment print with vial of sand from the landing beach – Limited edition Battlefield Cant folio of three silver gelatin 8x10 prints – Limited edition 16x20 silver gelatin print of Mary of the Bullitt – Portfolio of 6 platinum 8x10 Prints from the Battlefield Cant project and a weekend photographing in Normandy with David Brommer. I’ll be your tour guide and photo instructor as we visit the sights and photograph the battlefields.
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