Every year in March, Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology hosts Military Weekend, both an educational look at the history of war and a mark of respect to those who lost their lives.
MOTAT Military Weekend was a two-day event, featuring many interesting activities for all the family. Steam train and Tank rides were a highlight, riders could choose from two armored personnel carriers (APCs) for a ride lasting a few minutes over very rough terrain. These were better than most rollercoasters.
An area is set aside for the members of various ‘reenactment clubs’ to congregate and show off their collections of weapons, equipment and to answer any questions people have about these items and their history.
The highlight of both days was the battle reenactments, featuring the Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam, Nissan Island and more. These were entertaining but also helped to remind us of the living hell of fighting.
These 5-10 minute displays used all MOTATs available resources including the APCs, the steam train a wealth of pyrotechnics and the passion and enthusiasm of over 150 reenactors themselves!
The reenactments were an amazing opportunity for Lomographers to zoom in and take marvellous photographs. I chose to shoot a series in Lomography Extended Range Redscale, hoping the red would provide a nostalgic look in some shots and a disturbing tint to others.
If you are in Auckland next year, make sure that you head down to MOTAT and visit Military Weekend.