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.

Trinity campus bird walk

For Trinity week I went on a guided bird walk of the campus.

I had literally no idea there were so many different varieties of birds on campus. All the trees and hidden gardens create a microcosm for the birds to thrive in. Normally you just see the cheeky Seagulls trying to knick people’s lunches or the feral Pigeons bopping around on one gammy leg. We saw Redwings, Robins, Mistel trush (One was in a nest) Blue tits, Willow warblers, wood pigeons, crows, black birds, Wrens and Magpies.

It wasn’t a particularly nice day out but I managed to snap a few different varities.

Click in below to check them out.

 

 

 

 

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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Glendalough

Had the pleasure of helping organise a tour of Glendalough in Co. Wicklow with the Trinity college photography society (DUPA). The tour was in conjunction with The light hunters who gave us all tips and tricks to get the best shots on the day

The national park has two main lakes, many waterfalls and historic early Christian sites including a majestic intact round tower.

Here are a few of my choice photos of the day. Click in and enjoy. 🙂