Things they carried: Thom Atkinson's 'Soldiers' Inventories' 
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Things they carried: Thom Atkinson's 'Soldiers' Inventories' 

Trained Band Caliverman, Tilbury, 1588. Photo by Thom Atkinson

Where did the idea for the project come from?

It came from a short story by Tim O'Brien called, The Things They Carried. Tim O'Brien was an American soldier during the Vietnam war and the story describes the items soldiers were carrying in great detail. Incidentally, I heard about the book from a writer who taught me on my MA, David Chandler. David wrote a piece based on Tim O'Brien's story which describes the equipment of a photographer in similar terms.