This months photo blogging challenge theme is: patriotic (n.) lit. One who defends or is zealous for their country’s prosperity, freedom, or rights.
I struggled with this theme, because I feel that patriotism is not always a good thing. In the past in Britain, when our people were fighting in world wars, they were considered as being patriotic for their country, but so many lives were relentlessly wasted. So, I decided to think more about what we celebrate here in the UK during our summer months.
Our Wimbledon Tennis Tournament sprang to mind, I love tennis but I blinked and missed it this year. Andy Murray got knocked out well before the semi’s, I thought about taking photos of things that are associated with Wimbledon, like strawberries and cream, but then it rained for a few weeks and all the excitement for tennis got submerged with the wet weather.
My mum has a collection of mugs and coins celebrating coronations of past and present kings and queens. I was considering photographing them, but to be honest I don’t feel much enthusiasm for the British monarchy.
I decided I had to photograph something that I felt represented my culture or portrayed aspects of my life here in the UK, which I felt connected to.
Now, I had only a week left to photograph my five images for this theme. I was even considering not taking part this month as I hadn’t even managed to shoot one single image for the theme and I felt unsure of what exactly I was going to photograph.
On Saturday 25th July, I went into Nottingham city centre in the morning to photograph some old buildings in Sneinton for another purpose entirely. At midday after my lunch, I walked through the Market Square, when I heard whistles blowing, people chanting, I looked around and noticed a flamboyant crowd all dressed and adorned with the colours of the rainbow. This was our annual event for Nottinghamshire Pride. It must have been fate that I was there with my camera. So, here are my five!
People have come together to celebrate the contribution of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community in the county and to remember how far they’ve come and to remind the world how much more they still have to achieve.