Tuesday 27 November 2012

Pagan Eye: A Strange Beastie From Folklore

I'm really not quite sure what this odd beastie is - although I should know.

Last month folklore photographer Sara Hannant kindly got me an invite to a preview of an exhibition called Collective Observations: Folklore and Photography from Benjamin Stone to Flickr, which is now on at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne, Sussex. These legs with Morris Dancer's bells, a straw belly and a stylised horse's head were in the centre of the main gallery.

I left my camera behind, which was silly of me, but my hubby stepped in and took some photos of the exhibits - including the one above - with his iPhone.I've only just got around to taking the pictures off his phone though, and I can't remember what they all were.

The exhibition is well worth visiting if you happen to be anywhere near Eastbourne. Sara Hannant, author of  Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids, has several photos on show there and there are also pictures and artwork from Faye Claridge, Matthew Cowan, Doc Rowe, the Benjamin Stone Collection, Homer Sykes, Brian Shuel, Tom Chick, David Ellison and Henry Bourne. It is curated by the Museum of British Folklore in conjunction with the Towner and runs until January.

On each Pagan Eye post, I show a photo that I find interesting, with a few words about it. I'm not quite sure what I'll be including - it could be a seasonal image, a pagan site, an event, or just a pretty picture.

If you want to send me a photo for a Pagan Eye post, please email it to badwitch1234@gmail.com Let me know what the photo shows and whether you want your name mentioned or not. For copyright reasons, the photo must be one you have taken yourself and you must confirm that you are submitting it for A Bad Witch's Blog.

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