With retro-looking photos being all the rage these recent years (oh, the irony, I know), it’s not surprising how many photographers have picked up a film camera or two to make their vintage-y snaps as authentic as they can get. The modern-day paintball battleground photos you are about to see after the jump is one such example—taken using a camera and photographic techniques from the Civil War Era!
At first glance, the photos taken by Eric Omori appear to be of gruesome battles from centuries ago, but a closer look will reveal that they’re actually modern-day paintball battlegrounds. What gives them that antiquated look is — you guessed it — the camera and photographic techniques he used to take the photographs.
For the past two years, the 23-year-old photographer and lab tech has been making rounds at the paintball fields in his area in Southern California, photographing scenes of simulated war games and the “soldiers” at play using a Civil War Era camera. The images, which are part of his series aptly called “Weekend Warriors,” are developed in the wet collodion process, resulting in amazing yet fragile photographs printed on clear glass plates. Aside from looking convincingly vintage, the photographs have imperfections that have become a part of the image and lend a charm that only such antiquated photographic equipment and processes can deliver.
“By utilizing this civil war era photographic process in relation to painball, a simulated war game, I am attempting to draw comparisons to art history practices using a more contemporary subject matter,” Omori tells of his impressive wet collodion work.
See more photos from Eric Omori’s Weekend Warriors series and other works on his official website.