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St Giles' Fair, 2022

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Printed Date: 03 December 2022 at 02:35

Topic: St Giles' Fair, 2022
Posted By: Howard_S
Subject: St Giles' Fair, 2022
Date Posted: 21 September 2022 at 13:31
Oxford has an annual fair, the origins of which can be traced back to medieval times. The fair is held on St Giles' day (the first Monday after 1 September) and the following Tuesday, and occupies St Giles and short stretches of other roads nearby. It's a big event for the city and people swarm in from all over town. I have posted some photos elsewhere here, but this thread brings together photos from the Monday night and Tuesday afternoon.

1"> - Dodgems /1

2"> - Dodgems /2

Both A7 III and FE 24-70 F4, and a third in my Photo 150 challenge - here .

I had set myself the challenge to get 'different' shots from the fair, but you may seem some familiar ideas here, like the long exposure at night. In the past I have tried the glamorous big rides which move the rider in many dimensions, but here I tried it with the good old dodgems.

3"> - Ever get the feeling you're being watched? | A7 III and FE 24-70 F4

The octopi and teddy bears all seem to be looking at the woman leaving the scene, bottom left.

4"> - Air /1 | A7 and FE 28mm F2

Air is one of the major attractions at the fair and has been coming here for ten years or so.

5"> - Air /2 | A7 and FE 28mm F2 with FEC (= 16mm)

The heaving crowds bring real excitement to the fair and it always seem to be on the brink of something unruly about to happen, like a brawl or something.

6"> - Speak no, Speak no, See no ... | A5000 and Sigma E 30mm F2.8

What happened to Hear no evil?

7"> - Hebborn's Waltzer | A7 and FE 28mm F2

'It's smooth | it's fast | you cannot | walk past'. This ride got in to trouble this year because there was a notice 'All topless girls ride free' above the payment booth. A mother complained and the sign was removed. Meanwhile here it seemed some sort of argument was developing.

8"> - Air | A5000 and Sigma E 30mm F2.8

What I haven't shown you is the business end of Air. This photo on expired film from 2015 gives an idea

8a"> - Air and St John's

Seats are on six spokes and these rotate about the axis of the spoke; the spokes themselves can go around in a circle; while the whole assembly rotates about the centre axle with the ball counter weight at the other end.

Interesting light trails are possible, as this photo from 2013 shows,

8b"> - Evolution and Air

(And a passing nod to Jimi Hendrix in his prime.)

9"> - Churros | A5000 and Sigma E 30mm F2.8

I rather liked the symmetry of this and posted it along with two other Signs in the Give us a Sign thread - here .

Thanks for looking!

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 21 September 2022 at 14:25
Saints usually have their feast day on a fixed date and according to Wikipedia Giles of Provence is remembered in the Church of England with a commemoration on 1 September. - Saint Giles is very much a medieval saint! Do you get these days off? Like in medieval times?

Do you know why the fair is not on 1 September? If it was in The Netherlands they would for sure have the fair on the first Saturday, not Monday, after 1 September

Nice, varied set. Was off with #8a, thought it was film, checked your Flickr, it was a Fuji SP-3000. Oh well. Then googled the camera and it is a scanner. So, it is film. (missed the film remark before the picture...)
Favourites #1 and #8b. TFS.

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Posted By: Jozioau
Date Posted: 21 September 2022 at 14:35
Lots of colour and movement, and as with all such fairs, when you look more closely a bit of cheap tackiness in the build quality, the prizes and the signage.
My favourite is #1 with that motion blur amongst the colourful lights.

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Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 21 September 2022 at 22:38
Thanks, both, for the comments!

Addy, St Giles is a street in Oxford with a church at the north end dedicated to the saint. It says on Wikipedia that the date of the fair is formulated as being 'held on the Monday and Tuesday after the Sunday following 1 September, which is St Giles' Day'. We tend to think of it as the first Monday in September but every now and then it is in fact on the second because of this formula. As to why, I don't know. The fair is run by Oxford City and that might be a factor? No days off, alas. We are less catholic about saints' day here in England owing to a medieval version of Brexit ... And the caption on the Flickr page reveals the photo was taken with the only Leica I have: 'Leica C11 compact APS film camera with outdated Agfa APS star 200 film.'

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Posted By: MichelvA
Date Posted: 22 September 2022 at 06:39
Usually i am not a fan of fuzzy images, but #1 and 2 look great. The b&w in #7 is also very nice looking. TFS Howard   

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