Event Photography

Two participants in the flour battle.

The Flour Battle

Santa Cruz das Ribeiras is located in Pico Island, archipelago of the Azores. Every year, during Shrove Monday afternoon, a group of inhabitants, mainly young people, get together to fight a peculiar battle: they throw flour to each other while they go through the main streets of the village. Almost every one protects their eyes with glasses, because the flour is thrown with considerable force and without any warning. I had to protect myself with swimming goggles. Despite that, some flour got into my eyes. I also protected my camera, to avoid considerable damage.

The Hyde Park South Carriage Drive Manège – by Simon King

Early this year, in February, I stepped out of travel quarantine and into a cold, mostly empty city, and spent a lot of my time searching for a space to allocate my time. I needed to get back into a structure and rhythm, and wanted to find something which would encourage early mornings in order to reset my sleeping patterns. I found one solution in Hyde Park, not long after dawn, as military drills took over a small area next to the Knightsbridge Barracks.

Photos from the Circus, 1956 – By Jordi Fradera

It must have been one night in December 1956 when I went to see the most important circus show in recent years. It was not just any traveling circus but a contest in which you could see the best of many circuses and which took place in the then brand new Palacio de Deportes de Barcelona (1955). I guess I was accompanied by José, a good friend of the family.

Christmas at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia – by Simon King

In December 2020 I found myself spending my first “Pandemic Christmas” in Bulgaria out of necessity to meet a few criteria necessary to travel onwards (via Istanbul) to the USA. I initially arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria with an open mind, without real plans or direction, but it didn’t take long for me to pick up a few options and ideas for how to invest my time in the city, and where the most photogenic spot to spend Christmas would be.

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