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Pamplona, Spain. The party the night before the running of the bulls. Photo #9 | by ArchedRoof
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Pamplona, Spain. The party the night before the running of the bulls. Photo #9

We arrived in Pamplona late in the evening. The town had an eerie feel to it. Not quiet as such, but there was something about the atmosphere that felt different. Every single person we saw was dressed in white and red. The five of us friends travelling together felt very out of place indeed.


During the planning of our 2010 Eurotrip we decided that we wanted to experience the famous running of the bulls. We knew little about the festival itself but knew that the best way to experience the event was to place ourselves right in the middle of it.


What made this night more unique was the fact that it was the FIFA World Cup final, which Spain were partipating in and ended up of course being champions. The moment that final whistle went, Pamplona exploded.


Hundreds of thousands of people in huge streams came pouring out of every single road the eye could see. Every man woman and child was dressed not in a Spanish footbal shirt but rather the traditional colours of the festival. The town square became a dancefloor, literally.


I can't even say what we saw was organised chaos. It was something I have never experienced before and because of the freak occurence of the double whammy being the last night of the running of the bulls festival and the World Cup final, I'll never see again.


Rubbish was scattered everywhere. In some places it meant wading though. We saw fighting, bleeding, fucking, pissing, loving, dancing and comatosed Spanish morons everywhere. Being essentially an English tourist, even I was shocked at how insane the night became.


By 1AM we realised that nobody in this town was sleeping tonight so we decided to stay up and join in with the fun. Instead of drinking though, I took photos. Over the next few weeks I'll go through some of the best and hopefully make a nice set to remember the evening of chaos.




A drunk man pulls a semi retarded face as his mates struggle to hold him back from getting his head smashed in by the huge bloke that was behind me.


Techy bits.

Canon 5Dm2

85mm 1.8 portrait lens

Manual Focus, RAW

No tripod

ISO 1600, 1.8, 1/200th

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Taken on July 12, 2010