Documentary Photography | Territorial Army
The photography seen here dates back to 1996 and is from a photography project that I regard as one of my best. The Territorial Army (renamed the Army Reserve in 2014) makes up around a third of the total force of the British Army and has seen active service in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Increasingly the British Army will rely on these reservist troops over the coming years.
These pictures were taken on exercise and at a recruiting night in 1996, initially as a project about the role of the TA and how part-time soldiering fitted into the British Army, but the images also helped a promotional campaign for gaining new recruits.
The TA project is one project I would like to return to at some point though probably not to the same squadron.
In the years since these images were taken, the Army Reserve has seen a resurgence in its roles within a modern British army. In future, a large number of personnel within the Army will be reservist.
Thanks must go to everyone at the 125th Field Squadron, 75th Royal Engineers in Stoke on Trent for their assistance.
These images were taken on Kodak TMAX 400 and Ilford FP4 film.
This gallery has been expanded to include a number of new previously unseen images.