Beltane fire festival Edinburgh

This ancient Celtic festival marks the changing of the seasons in an Iron age ritual of performance and lighting of the ceremonial Beltane bonfire.  Set on Calton hill in Edinburgh, a procession of different characters paraded and performed around the hill.

There was wild dancing, drumming and offerings made to the different characters involved. The procession stopped at various points around the hill and a performance took place. The actors were amazing! Completely in character and not holding back. The costumes, installations and art were also so well done! Beautiful pieces were present across the hill. The lighting of the fire arch was one of the most spectacular events along with the igniting of the bonfire at the end. It was a windy night and the fire was roaring around. The heat was intense from it.

Here’s a guide to the different characters on the night: Characters.

It was hard to photograph with the crowds and it being night time but here are some of my favourites from the evening. Click in and enjoy.

The Phil 332nd session AGM shoot

Really fun to shoot the members of the 332nd sitting of the Trinity college Philosophical society. The Phil is the world’s oldest college society having been founded in 1683. The society is steeped in tradition and is housed in the oldest building on campus the GMB (Grand memorial building). The society runs many events throughout the year mainly involving debates and discussions with high profile guests. This year saw the honorary patronage medal being awarded to film director Martin Scorsese. Thanks again to the Phil for the opportunity to shoot them. Check out some of  my favorite photos below. The rest can be seen on the Phil’s Facebook page here.

 

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Festival of Holi

It was so much fun to shoot the celebration event of Holi in front square in Trinity College Dublin on Monday. This Hindu Festival represents the coming of spring, victory of good over evil and Love. It’s an ancient Hindu festival and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.

The sun was beaming down and the crowd were ecstatic throwing the colours in the air and at each other. Trying to get shots off was challenging but all part of the fun! Still trying to get the colours out of my hair and camera haha…

I’d love to get to India some day for the real deal! Pray to Vishnu.

Click in and check out some of my shots 🙂