Every year on the 2nd May in a tradition that dates back to Medieval times the families and friends of 5 of the chosen village girls aged between about 7 and 11 build altars with flowers and herbs that they have gathered from the countryside the previous day. The girls or “Las Mayas” then have to sit on the altars for around 2 hours, with out talking, smiling or moving while roving musicians extoll their beauty and their friends dressed in white dresses and black boleros attend them and brush the villagers coats in exchange for coins. The Mayas and attendants then process to a local church to complete the festival.
We have been going to Whitby Gothic Weekend for the last 5 years and really enjoy the atmosphere of the event and the town itself ,,,,,,,,here are a couple of my favourites from the weekend
Adrian was away at a PAGB Executive Meeting this weekend in London ………So I persuaded my youngest son to come with me on a trip to The Royal Armouries at Leeds,,,,,,,,,,,and this was my image created from the day
Here are the main components I needed to create the image
Gerrard……….know locally as Travolta was kind enough to pose for some portraits when we visited the Camargue late last year but I thought that I would combine him with an early morning shoot we did with a stallion and some paint textures from my image bank
The weather hasn’t been up to much for getting out and about, so I thought I would create a winter themed photograph
We ventured back on a trip to Camargue, which Co-insided with the Aigues Mortes Festival……..Where the various Manses run their Bulls through the streets……..at fantastic week and loved the Camargue people sharing some more of their traditions with us
The largest Steampunk gathering in Europe ……………..a great event held in Lincoln.
We had a quick trip up to the Fringe Festival last weekend and managed to take a few photos, between some fabulous food and cocktails ………this one inspired me to give the picture a kind of pre raphelite look, which I achieved with the help of a photo I took of a painting with a garland at Tatton Park a couple of months ago, while out on our first trip for the LWC (Ladies What Click!!!!!)
After a busy few weeks sorting out both the SRGB Exhibition and PAGB APM Entries, Di and I decided to treat ourselves to a day out fairy hunting……….We managed to dodge the showers and had a fun day out with our cameras……….No boys allowed !!!!