As it turned out, I couldn’t have photographed it at a better time for my book on the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site as weather conditions were perfect – especially welcome for the night shots – and, for the first time, we saw a fantastic animation projected onto the Silk Mill, where the stories of the Joseph Wright Collection came to life.
After that opening, I had a ball snapping the Sauruses as they stalked the night time city streets. Saurus is a costumed stilt show put on by Netherlands-based street theatre group Close Act Theatre. The dinosaurs are 18 foot tall and each emits a terrifying wail and roar. Every so often, there was the release of a red smoke stick that created a surreal atmosphere perfect for pictures, as you’ll see on the right.
That image has just won me a Highly Commended in the Society of Professional Imagemakers’ Monthly Competition in the Events category.
Below is a gallery showing more photos from the opening night. All of these will be going in my book The Valley That Changed The World. If YOU have some Feste pictures (especially from previous years), you have a chance of getting them in the book. For more details – and to support my book project – check out my crowdfunding page: