No matter the conditions these guys will be out in it fishing.
It’s great to see Liverpool do big fireworks displays on Bonfire Night again. Sure we’ve had stunning ones for cruise ship visits but I think it’s been a while since there was a bonfire night one.
I’m usually commissioned to photograph these events so it was nice to have the night off and enjoy it as a human. Of course I took a camera just in case.
It was a stunning display. My wife and I really enjoyed it. We loved that it was a big display in New Brighton so we could easily walk down the prom, watch the display, get food and then wander home. Great stuff. We didn’t see any of the bigger display by the Liverpool waterfront but that was fine. It’s nice to have a night off in your home town.
So despite being off duty I took a camera but felt like I failed to get my normal firework photos. Sure I could have taken a big setup but I wanted to relax. That meant my human side enjoyed the night. My photographer side was annoyed for taking a day off. Stupid brain.
Great display. Great use of New Brighton. Now if we could just get a good old fashioned bonfire on the beach that’d be ace.
I’ve documented the Remembrance Service for many years. This year it was cold, wet and windy on New Brighton promenade. I wasn’t sure how many people would come out in such conditions but it was a busy service. People were here to pay respects for lives lost.
I saw a dog in the corner of my eye. His owner gave him a pat on the back and a smile. I looked around and saw another man sheltering his dog from the wind. The poor thing was shivering. Beyond that I saw people talking, shaking hands and doing the unexpected. Smiling. People were smiling on this cold, wet, windy November day at the Remembrance Service. It’s not an aspect you ever see on the TV or in the paper, not that I’ve seen anyway. It’s a somber event to pay respects and yet people were smiling.
They were smiling because they were telling stories, sharing moments and meeting for the first time in a while. They were playing with their kids and stroking their dogs. I reminded myself why I was here and what I do so I took some photos because at the end of the day people have died so we could go out in the cold with our families and our dogs to smile with friends.
It’s been 100 years since the start of WW1. I chose to document the Remembrance Sunday service close to home in New Brighton. I’m sure more people came out this year than others. Old veterans, families with young children and babies, men and women all came out to pay their respects.
Featured above is Don Roe who served on HMS Duke of York, 1943-46. He attended the service with his family.