In September, 1944 Allied forces had advanced in Europe and Operation Market Garden was underway to liberate Holland. In September 2016 a small town in Pennsylvania stepped back in time and transformed into a German Occupied Dutch Village, and staged one of the largest most amazing authentic historical reenactments ever seen. In the morning German elite forces occupied town, only to be met with strong allied resistance including a C-47 dropping British paratroopers, allied Armor and infantry in a fierce vacillating battle ultimately leading to liberation of the town. And the Middleburg Eccentric was there.

lib_new_oxford-3Next month, go inside this exciting battle reenactment with the Middleburg Eccentric’s photojournalist Chris Weber as he is embedded into the thick action as a participant, outfitted in full authentic gear with a division of the German Elite “Edelweiss” as he films, photographs and witnesses first hand from inside the battle this time travel experience that plays such an important role in honoring and remembering the sacrifices of our nation and its allies in stopping the spread of fascism in the world and liberating Europe.

This event was part of a multi-event historical program in conjunction with the National Park Service, the Eisenhower National Historical Site, the New Oxford Historical Society and more than 40 historical organizations throughout the United States. 

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I started in photography in 1977 when I bought a used "Nikkomat" from our Postman who sidelined as a wedding photographer. I went with him as his apprentice to weddings and events and helped with set up, etc and learned about shooting, perspectives, angles, even setting up my own darkroom in my bedroom and developing my own B&W 35mm Prints. But I actually started before that, back before I even had my first camera. At 16 I studied painting in Arcylics under a famous artist named James Michael Triggs, who like his father before him painted magazine covers for such famous magazines as Gun Digest, Flying, etc. Already being a skilled sketch artist I picked up painting quickly, learning about lighting, shadows, color, perspective, etc. This no doubt translated into my photography and comes out in the art I express through the lens of my camera. I began studying Korean Karate in 1977 at the Jhoon Rhee Schools of Tae Kwon Do in Hyattsville Md studying under Jeff Smith and Steve McGill. I went on to try my hand at other styles including Hung Gar Kung Fu and Aikido as well as Boxing at the YMCA. I went on to become a highly experienced Rock Climber, becoming not only a skilled technical climber but also a paid instructor and guide for "S.P.L.O.R.E". Additionally I lifted weights and did other forms of cross training. Being skilled in heights, safety, ropes, knots and rigging I can photograph were other less physically adept photographers may not be able to venture. I'm available for both private and commercial shoots and specialize in equestrian photography but am also a skilled portrait artist and crowd candids for event coverage. I can be reached at chris@chrisweberstudios.com.