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Beltane Fire Festival 2009 - The Bonfire (0021)

As the White Women leave the Bonfire, the Red Men begin to dance

 

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The Red Men represent chaos and disorder, and (some say) libido; in opposition to the order and discipline of the White Women. The eventual joyous resolution of this apparent conflict is an important aspect of the Festival.

 

Beltane Fire Festival, Edinburgh, 30 April 2009.

See Beltane Fire Society for description of the Festival.

 

If you are a member of Beltane Fire Society (e.g. any performer, steward, or production person), I’m happy for you to copy it onto your Facebook or any similar thing, but please leave some kind of comment here if you do. (Or if you just like it, or dislike it).

 

If you are not a member of Beltane Fire Society, please note that these photos are copyright, all rights reserved. If you’d like to use my photos in any way, please ask via FlickrMail or the email address on my profile page.

 

If you’d like a print, please ask. (Dead cheap for Beltane Fire Society members, plus part of the proceeds will go back to BFS. Maybe your mum would like one. Surprisingly inexpensive if you’re not a member of Beltane Fire Society).

 

Last year, I was privileged to be shooting for Photopoint, the official Beltane photographers. This year, I was part of the paying public, but it was still hugely enjoyable, and even though I didn’t have the inside access, I’m surprised how many decent photos I got. You can see Photopoint's superb work in the gallery on the Society’s website. There are also some preview stills from what I'm thinking will be a spectacular video of the Festival, here.

 

 

© Richard Milnes 2009

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Taken on May 1, 2009