Its that time again to photograph the Harpenden Gang Show the longest continuously running Gang Show in the World. Today is the Dress Rehearsal. Images above are from the Harpenden Gang Show 2019 www.richardwashbrooke.com
Another year and we are back in town for Harpenden Lights Up. Photographed the Harpenden Gang Show performing a few of their numbers. The Farmers Market was on and the shops stayed open late. Good to see there was a great turn out of people. www.richardwashbrooke.com
It was a great to see and photograph a thatcher at work today. Dan Shelley is a sixth generation thatcher based in St Albans. www.hertsthatcher.com
If you think this is a dying art you might be surprised to hear that they are as busy as they can be. The average cottage will take 2 people 5 weeks to complete. A good thatcher will have work booked for 1 year and sometimes 3 years in advance. They work throughout the year and rain does not stop them working.
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I read a couple of week before the event that Lumiere London was coming to town. A new light festival over four evenings. It brings together artists from around the World who work with light. This event was produced by Artichoke and covered 4 areas of London; Piccadily, Regent St & St Jame’s – Mayfair – King’s Cross – Trafalgar Square, Westminster.
I only managed to make one evening with the family so we tried to pick some of the best events to see. The only way to see these lights was to walk, the underground was closed at Trafalgar Square with the usual not sure what is happening approach. But the atmosphere was amazing and even though it was packed there was a nice released atmosphere.
First port of call was Liberty’s Dresses, Tae bon KIM
Second stop 1.8 London, Janet Echelman / Studio Echelman Oxford Circus
It was very busy now with thousands of people lined the streets.
Third Stop Keyframes, Groupe LAPS /Thomas Veyssiere, this was very clever with stick man running round the building.
Fourth Stop was going to be Elephantastic but was closed for some reason. So we moved on to Les Lumineoles, Porte par le Vent, Regent Street
Fifth Stop Piccadilly Circus to see more floating Lumineoles and lots of mobile phones recording the lights
Sixth Stop we walked towards Leicester Square to see Garden of Light, TILT this was very impressive.
Seventh Stop Tube to Kings Cross, IFO (Identified Flying Object), Jacques Rival
Eighth Stop Joining the Dots, Cleary Connolly
Then home. I hope they repeat this again in the near future.
My favourite light show we saw Les Lumineoles. The one we missed we wanted to see was Westminster The Light of the Spirit by Patrice Warrener.