Bristol Harbour Festival
So many smells, sights, crazy people, lights, colours and attractions; Bristol Harbour Festival gets bigger and better year on year. The people in the streets, the police on the beat or the thump of the bass, all go together to give a fantastic mixture of music, colour and culture.
Looking out across the water, the shimmer and glamour of it all captures everyone’s attention. Squeals of delight form the big wheel and the rush of water as vessel after vessel passes us by.
Seeing the different boats and ships draws people from all over the South West; and comparing the Warships with the now tiny Matthew is incredible.
I love having my camera there cos you never who or what you might see. Several were out for a booze cruise and were more than enjoying themselves. Interesting how many want to be the centre of attention after a couple of bevvies. As you can see from the Spice Girl wannabe.
Where else can I carry my cameras and get such a diverse opportunity for the shots I got that night? Modern and ancient machinery; Goliaths of yesteryear overshadowed these days by the big wheels and fair ground attractions.
Then the air was buzzing with excitement and beats as I headed to the main stage on Lloyds Amphitheater. All day the crowds had been entertained, and as dawn dropped the lights came into their own. The volume seemed to rise and thousands enjoyed the party atmosphere alongside the harbour.
Bristol is one of the most photogenic cities in the UK. Its people are wonderful, party people and the atmosphere welcomes every type of creative and energised person you could imagine. I love it.
I love wandering the streets at this time. And as night draws in, taking my time up the floating harbour, brings a new warmth and perspective. I just love it.