An extended visit to Tenerife in the Canary Isles provided an opportunity for the English street photgrapher, Dave Bird, to turn his attention to two winter festivals taking place on the island. The religious fiesta (Romería) of San Antonia de Abad and the world famous annual carnival held in the capital city, Santa Cruz, are both important community based celebrations that provide the backdrop for these documentary images.
Dave Bird is a Devon based amateur photographer who enjoys the challenges and rewards of working in both the street photography and social documentary traditions. He attributes his ongoing photographic education to a keen appreciation of the photo-books produced by the masters of these genres and to the networking opportunities in street photography provided by the photo-sharing site Flickr. Dave's own work strives to capture those qualities of street photography that Joel Meyerowitz has described as authenticity, rigour and playfulness; the human drama, the curious instinct, the surreal in the everyday and the decisive moment within the endless flow of daily activity. At the same time his interest lies in creating a personal documentary view of some of the towns and cities, festivals, traditions, events and celebrations that reflect contemporary life in the South West of England and also in some of the more distant places that he is lucky enough to visit as a tourist.
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