Normally I don't dwell too long when I'm posting some of my work but I've held off on these for a couple of weeks mainly because I wasn't entirely sure if I wanted to post them but in the end I guess I'm working on the basis that I took time to shoot and edit them so why not share the images. Unfortunately the Twelfth, along with many other parades, has become a contentious hot bed for political debate and an excuse for what I suppose most would class as mindless violence but everyone will have their own opinion on that. The family day out and carnival atmosphere that it's supposed to be is close but yet so far in the same breath!
It's hard to believe the media coverage went from high to low in such a short period of time. In one hand we had such a prestigious event with the G8 summit where we seen the Emerald Isle in it's best light and then very quickly on the other we returned to a darker shade of green where we witnessed the not so pretty side of things. Talking of media coverage there's sure to be more of it down the line as Ross Kemp just happened to be visiting for the Twelfth and was recording proceedings for his new series, it'll be interesting to see how things are portrayed to the rest of the world.
Thousands take part in Twelfth of July celebrations across Northern Ireland every year and it's a great opportunity for some street photography but as well as the images I thought it would be worthwhile including a clip that I discovered online. From a photography point of view just take a look at how many of these guys were risking life and limb to get the elusive shot, now I understand that a lot of them are probably being paid to do a job but there are plenty of enthusiasts like myself that were amongst this, all I can say is good luck to you. If you look at the 2.50 mark on the clip you'll see exactly what I mean when the tog gets a little too close for clicking.