Trench mis­ery recre­ated

Cambridge Edition - - YOUR HEALTH - GLENN MCCON­NELL

He has had a long and suc­cess­ful act­ing ca­reer, in­clud­ing such ti­tles as The Hob­bit and Pork Pie, but to­day Dean O’Gor­man wal­lows in mud.

The ac­tor pulls a sledge­ham­mer above his head and teenage boys watch as it comes smash­ing down on a pile of dirty bricks. The de­bris roll into mud pool obliv­ion and O’Gor­man chuck­les. The more mess, the bet­ter.

For the last 10 years, O’Gor­man has been split­ting his time be­tween act­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy. This is an­other one of those pho­tog­ra­phy pro­jects, in­volv­ing recre­at­ing his own Pass­chen­daele bat­tle­field next to Auck­land Air­port.

It fol­lows on from a doc­u­men­tary in which O’Gor­man in­ves­ti­gates the 1917 Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele. Records show 843 New Zealan­ders died within a few hours.

O’Gor­man is now look­ing to recre­ate the scenes, in trib­ute. He has dug up a farm, a friend’s prop­erty near the air­port. The trenches have be­come grotty, muddy pools and O’Gor­man ex­pects his mostly young mod­els to get in them.

CHRIS SKEL­TON

Ac­tor and pho­tog­ra­pher Dean O’Gor­man.

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