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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.

This Is Brighton

This Is Brighton

I guess that I don’t really need to point out the irony of visiting a seaside city such as Brighton while on a week-long holiday that’s main purpose was to “get away from it all”. There are, after all, many similarities between Brighton and my usual surroundings of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.

In fact, most of this recent holiday was based in central London but I needed at least one day spent in familiar surroundings. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that I’m incapable of resisting the allure of the seaside. I’ve only visited once before, ten years ago at the age of 19, and that was for an interview to study on the photography degree at the University of Brighton.

Rhyl Is A Playground

Rhyl Is A Playground By Yannick Dixon

The last time I went to Wales I was much younger and somewhat shorter than I am now. At a guess, I’d say it’s nearly fifteen years since my last visit. Back then, when I was a mere boy, my parents used to take me to the Sun Centre in Rhyl to go swimming and enjoy the Welsh seaside.

I have fond, yet faded, memories of this time and now, as an adult with his own automotive transport I thought I’d go back with my camera to take a few photographs.

Truth be told, the main place of interest during this road trip was the seaside resort of Llandudno. I spent most of the day there, lapping up the sunshine, occasionally moaning about the ridiculously high humidity and shooting plenty of photographs. Llandudno is a truly beautiful seaside town and photographing it’s stunning landscape inspired a much needed revival in my personal photographic work. However, you’ll have to wait a little longer to see some of the shots I took as (for now at least) I’d like to share this photograph I took later in the day while in the seaside town of Rhyl.

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