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Photography Review of 2014

Photography Review of 2014 Blog Montage

We’re just seven days into 2015 and perhaps, like me, your back at work busy planning for the year ahead and, just as importantly, wondering if there’s any Christmas chocolate left.

There’s still talk of New Year’s resolutions all around, but we all know it doesn’t have to be the beginning of a New Year to give ourselves permission to pursue our dreams or make an important change in our life. Whatever you want to do, go for it and make it happen! There’s no time like the present as they say.

Having said that, before we get stuck into 2015, it does feel right to have a quick look at the past twelve months don’t you think?! My retrospective look at the past 365(ish) days is called, somewhat grandiosely, my Photography Review of 2014.

Blackpool Illuminations

Astronaut - Blackpool Illuminations 2014 Photography

Blackpool Illuminations is a world-renowned festival of light founded in 1879 (a year before Thomas Edison patented the electric light bulb) and held each autumn on the Fylde coast in Lancashire.

Stretching over six miles of Blackpool’s famous promenade, from Starr Gate to Bispham, the Illuminations are a remarkable sight to behold. VisitBlackpool once described Blackpool Illuminations as “the greatest free light show on earth” and with over 3.5 million visitors now flocking to the resort to enjoy their colourful glow they might be right. Working as a photographer in Blackpool who lives locally in nearby Lytham St Annes I have the pleasure of photographing this spectacular Lights Festival each and every year.

World Fireworks Championships

Titanium Fireworks Display at Blackpool World Fireworks Championship 2014

Throughout September I joined the thousands of spectators who lined Blackpool promenade to enjoy four explosive displays of light and colour as Blackpool hosted the spectacular World Fireworks Championships.

The 2014 line-up featured some of the most talented and technically gifted fireworks engineers from Sweden, Austria and Canada as well as the UK’s Titanium team who entertained the crowds with an exhibition display on the final night after the announcement of the competition winner.

Each Friday night from 5th September to 26th September I headed down to the seafront near North Pier to capture the pyrotechnical prowess of each of the finalists with the intention of creating a mini series of my best photographs of the Blackpool World Fireworks Championships to share with you all.

In Pictures: As The World Tipped

As The World Tipped - Photography By Yannick Dixon For LeftCoast Blackpool

LeftCoast is a one of twenty-one Creative People and Places programmes supported by Arts Council England that is delivering a pioneering programme of arts and cultural activity across Blackpool and Wyre which aims to enrich the lives of those who live, work and visit here.

As part of it’s cultural arts programme, LeftCoast in partnership with Without Walls Associate Touring Network hosted the breath-taking As The World Tipped by Wired Aerial Theatre at Blackpool Cricket Club. A truly powerful piece of world-class aerial theatre it really is great that LeftCoast brought this to Blackpool and offered it as a free event for all of Blackpool to enjoy.

I was commissioned by LeftCoast as their photographer for the Saturday performance of As The World Tipped and was hired to create an image gallery to show both audiences arriving at the Cricket Club on the night, the pre-show entertainment and As The World Tipped itself.

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