Photographer's Note

Many countries have excuses for letting off fireworks to celebrate some event or other. In Britain we do it celebrate the thwarting of an attempt by religious fundamentalist terrorists to blow up the houses of parliament in 1605, how things change and yet stay the same.

Bizzarely, we not only have firework displays, but each firework event also usually arranges a huge bonfire, on which an effigy of the central figure in the affair, Guy Fawkes, is burnt, in symbolic rememberance of the fate which befell the actual character. These days, rather than an expression of anti-Catholic taunting, the whole event is just a bit of fun, and nobody really thinks about the associated sybolism, just an excuse for a rather spectacular party.

Being outside in Britain, this event often requires the use of an umbrella to enjoy it. To get my hunt entry last night, I concentrated on the effect of the light from the bonfire on the umbrellas, rather than the fireworks. Shooting hand held at high speed I got some rather dark images, which came out rather pleasingly grainy after PP to balance the light.

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Additional Photos by Richard Gatward (RGatward) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3757 W: 141 N: 3794] (20086)
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