PORTRAIT OF MAY DAY HEAVEN
Every May Day, the Wessex Morris Men meet above the Cerne Abbas Giant to dance in the dawn – a spectacle well worth the steep climb. Arriving at the top at 5.15am, we were confronted with an array of amazing colours, the tinkering of bells & swinging of hankies to the sounds of the accordion and the rising of the sun.
By lying on the ground I could capture the dancers silhuoetted against the sun. It also enabled me to block out some of the spectators enjoying this wonderful May Day ritual. Shortly after sunrise, the Morris dancers, adorned with greenery in hand, make a procession to the Cerne Abbas village pub, where the dancing (and drinking) continues for a few more hours. Sadly we had to head back to take our children to school!