Exactly 240 years ago, on August 19, 1772, king Gustav III seized power from the government in a coup d'état, ending the Age of Liberty and venturing into a campaign to restore royal autocracy which was completed by the Union and Security Act in 1789, sweeping away most of the last pretences of Riksdag rule.
This event was commemorated by the Westgoth Gustavians (Westgiöta Gustavianer), a society of reenactors at the Gunnebo Castle.
In the workshops you can see more pictures of them.
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holmertz (48822) 2012-08-19 9:37
This is a fine picture, and so are the workshops, but celebrating a royal, reactionary coup d'etat? I am slightly surprised. However, the blue, white and yellow uniforms look good, they young activists seem to march well and the thick vegetation looks almost like a jungle. Is the lawn real?
Royaldevon (36029) 2012-08-19 10:31
You are teaching us much about Swedish history, which I find extremely interesting. It is amazing how many people wish to become steeped in their history by re-enacting importany events. It is certainly a very practical research.
This is a well composed shot, using a strong f/g triangle and with the men guiding us effectively into the distance. Excellent, sharp exposure with good colour saturation.
My warm regards,
tyro (23582) 2012-08-19 11:46
A fine photograph of this reenactment scene with lovely colours, excellent detail and a beautiful scenic background. Your two workshop pictures too are excellent with the onlookers also appropriately dressed for the occasion.
And, of course, an interesting note.
Fis2 (93679) 2012-08-19 12:19
I like colors and sharpness.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-08-19 16:48
an attractive photo with superb note, nice composition and details, the environment is beautiful, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
bukitgolfb301 (39540) 2012-08-19 18:26
Hello dear Gunnar
Oh this is festival, if so, I have to hurry up and follow up. This is another tatsteful shot. Perfect framework and tight composition. Very sharp and clear image. Vivid color contarst of blue and green is marvelous. Thanks for your sharing with finest shot and have a good day!
Takero from very hot Tokyo
jjcordier (79295) 2012-08-19 22:37
Tes trois photos constituent une jolie présentation de cette célébration. Les couleurs et la composition du post principal sont très bonnes.
emka (91460) 2012-08-19 23:40
I like such events. The people watching revolution in your WS ha ve beautiful costumes, and what about you? Were you also dressed like this? Very fine all pictures, nicely composed, in vivid colours. I like this blue-yellow guard with a girl leading it. Interesting note about history of Sweden.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-08-20 3:54
These impressive soldiers, commemorates an interesting event in the history of Sweden, the end of a certain anarchy. The picture is outstanding, the quality is excellent, like the ws. Bravo.
Have a nice day
mjdundee (4663) 2012-08-20 4:23
Interessing part of the Swedish History.
I find it a great idea to conserve the national heritage by bringing parts of it back to life.
With uniforms like this they would be today a nice addition to every carneval - and they were a easy to shot object at their time.
snunney (94705) 2012-08-20 4:32
Like Gert, it seems strange to me to be celebrating a Royalist coup, but maybe I am missing something? Anyway, I like the composition; the men in their strikingly colourful uniforms look splendid against the green surroundings. Fine capture.
eldancer1 (35403) 2012-08-20 9:23
Awesome capture of those revolutionary soldiers! Love the colors of their tunic. Good lighting and dof with sharp details. Very well done, tfs.
Oceania (5202) 2012-08-20 11:37
We learned a Sweden history lesson from your picture and the note. It's very nice.
baddori (20113) 2012-08-20 23:57
I lived in a cosmopolitan neighborhood in Cagliari for years.
Friendships, lifestyle, parties, eating.
The find the Italian way of life impossible in their countries ..
This picture represents the imaginary Scandinavian fascinating between green and order.
jhm (148606) 2012-08-21 3:44
Truly a wonderful picture with these soldiers.
Sharpness and clarity are wonderful, also the colors are perfect.
Excellent presentation, TFS.
Have a nice day,
wolf38 (31286) 2012-08-21 3:58
Hi Gunnar. Marching men in colorful uniforms. Those who love the tradition sees such images with pleasure. Well composed with strong colors. Absolutely worth seeing. Best rgds, Wolfgang.
Nicou (135950) 2012-08-21 11:20
fantastique captage et iamge sueprbe vue de cette relève de gard mangique compo et iamge très bel homme pour ce jour important quel soldats, sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-08-21 17:35
Wonderful vivid colours. Nicely composed.
Graal (101674) 2012-08-22 0:15
an interesting reportage and presentation. Amazing costumes, fine complementary WS. Photos are well done.
Have a nice day.
ourania (41070) 2012-08-23 3:23
a lovely and intriguing picture with the soldiers in formation descending the castle path. There's great depth and perspective and wonderful sharpness and colours that make our glance linger on the uniforms and coordinated movement. The backdrop is beautiful and provides a marvellous chromatic contrast. The light is weak but your photo is brilliant, very good work. The workshop pictures are great and enhance our understanding of this interesting reenactment. Congratuletions and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
ktanska (26765) 2012-08-26 6:11
Quite a colourful group performing historic event. I also like the all green background. Yellow and blue show clearly against it. Gustav III was the founder of Tampere, it's interesting to know more about history concerning him. Good to see the workshops too.
danyy (0) 2012-08-26 23:07
cocasse et instructif, j'aurais préféré les voir de face, mais bon !!
La photo montre la discipline et la concentration de ces soldats.
serp2000 (43056) 2012-09-05 21:29
It looks like a picture from historical movie. Soldiers are passing by, fine point of view, an informative note.
Have a good day!
larsy (28) 2012-10-10 7:50
Visst var uniformerna vackrare förr. Idag är allt antingen grått och tråkigt eller spräckligt.
worldcitizen (8194) 2012-11-22 17:11
I like this historical photo, along with the ones in the workshops. The period costumes are beautiful and colorful. In this shot, you have a sharp and wonderful capture of these soldiers marching out of the frame. The greenery behind them makes a lovely background, too.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2012-12-07 12:00
Hello Gunnar, great Swedish blue,yellow and white coordinated colors in a very creative composition!Great idea to show their back and not the front like they usually do! It gives a more intersting perspective and look!
Hansaphotos (7687) 2013-03-31 14:18
Dette er et interessant bilde som formidler denne historiske begivenheten på en flott og troverdig måte. Du har tatt dette bildet i en perfekt vinkel, skrått bakfra. Fantastiske uniformer, som det nok ligger mye arbeid bak. Godt jobbet! Håper du har en fin påske.
abmdsudi (50380) 2013-12-30 7:01
A nicely close image of a wonderful reenactment scene as if this could have been taken at the actual situation, I'm glad you were there to photograph to share with us with plenty to look at. In particularly I love the stunning blue-yellow Swedish colours of their uniform rending perfect contrast to fresh green background and the atmosphere goes well with the subject matter. Indeed a well recorded event, a symbolic shot to remember the day and tx to the useful notes. Fabulous shot, TFS
Happy New Year
pajaran (57863) 2014-03-08 10:04
Interesantan trekst o mestu i dogadjaju, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled na ljude u starim uniformama iz vreme dogadjaja ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazani vojnici u lepim uniformama, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Good evening .
An interesting article about the place, and event , with a history and description of the ...
Nice view of the people in old uniforms from the time of the event ...
Good time recording , sharpness and contrast , well briefed in beautiful uniforms , beautiful colors .
Good work and composition , well captured moment .
Good evening and all the best .
fritzi007 (10401) 2014-05-07 13:41
wirklich ein sehr gutes, fehlerloses Foto, die Farben sind wunderbar, gratuliere!
- Copyright: Gunnar Holmertz (saxo042) (37792)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-19
- Categories: Daily Life, Event, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G10
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Uniforms [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-19 9:27