Fireworks, Crafts and time to reflect

This year the annual fireworks display put on by Islesburgh Pyrotechnic Display Club coincided with Guy Fawkes Day and fell on a Saturday. The evening was clear and calm and made for a splendid 15 minute long spectacle. I have been photographing the display from Staney Hill for quite a few years but this year chose quite a different position to normal. Even though it’s only 10 or 15 minutes walk off Cunningham Way and I knew where I was going, it was still a challenge in the dark with a headtorch to avoid the boggy areas! But it was all worth it and I was pleased with the results – I feel that, from this angle, the lights of Lerwick form a better setting than I have previously achieved.

Later in the month I attended the annual Shetland Arts and Crafts Fair with a wide range of Austin Taylor Photography products and was delighted the Fair was so well attended, both by many new exhibitors and the public. I should like to say a big thank you to everybody who took the time to visit my stand.

On a more sombre note, Shetland has been fortunate in being able to host the travelling photographic exhibition highlighting the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings of August 1945. My photo shows visitors to the Town Hall  in Lerwick, where the exhibition was displayed in the middle of November. I took time to view the photographs, which are at the same time intensely moving, sometimes graphic and yet, inspirational – partly in the sense that it remains urgent to permanently rid the world of nuclear weapons. More important than that though remains the greater need to achieve a sustainable future for the planet; only then, with genuine equity between all human societies and with all of the natural world will there be any hope of an end to the mistrust that creates such waepons.

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