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Watched any good movies lately? You know, the kind that are set a few centuries ago and show period costumes and amazing historic locations? Maybe they inspire you to read a book and find out some real history, real stories of people who lived in some truly amazing times.

Now imagine yourself in the middle of history at a memorable location. Maybe an old fort, a battlefield, an isolated cabin or a great hall of government. It’s hard not to get caught up in the narratives that cling to places older than many generations of your ancestors.

Spanish FortTake the place shown above, a guard room at Castillo de San Marcos. This is part of an old Spanish fortress in St. Augustine, Florida. Attacked twice and changing hands half a dozen times over the years, it’s a worthy setting for historical shots.

On one level, it seems obvious; but next time you’re searching for a photo op, don’t stop at looking for a place to see the sites. Research the history of your local area and put yourself in the place of the people who lived through it. There’s a good chance your passion to do justice to the past will come through in your shots.

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.


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