And now for something different – again Vaginas

I went to Brighton recently to take pictures of the amazing Beside Ourselves Collective perform their searing play about female sexuality and the church, Just Don’t Do It. I have shot the play a number of times before and each time I see it, it gets better.

The play centres around a number of vagina puppets, which I haven’t shown in this set of pictures.

If you get the chance go and see them.

Beside Ourselves Collective Beside Ourselves Collective

Beside Ourselves Collective

My Broken Cross

I met up with my friends at the Beside Ourselves Collective, more of which in a later post.  Their play has raises interesting questions about religion and sexuality. As part of their stage performance, they use a small cross, which I found a very attractive photographic subject.

It speaks to me in lots of ways, none of which I can describe. So you will have to read into the pictures what you want.

My rugged and broken cross

My rugged and broken cross My rugged and broken cross

Vaisakhi Reading 2018

Sunday was the day that the Reading Sikh community celebrated Vaisakhi. This procession knocks the other local religious processions out of the park. It is reverent, colourful and inclusive.

The Sikh community, process round a long route which takes them from the Cumberland Road Gudwara to the London Road Gudwara on the A4 via Earley. When my kids were small they used to follow the procession as the participants gave out sweets and the Sikh shop keeps on the route used to give out sweets for free.

Whether they do that now I know not, but the procession remains a colourful and photographable event that is worth an early start for.

I wanted to concentrate on shooting portraits of the participants and trying to record the faces of those taking part. Here are my pics:

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If you want to see the full set, please click on the bus:

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