Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2018

Sometimes you need to plan for a shoot, sometimes you need to travel to get the photographs you want, occasionally things happen nearby. Today I was woken up by hot air balloons fly a few metres above my flat. I decided to forgo my morning coffee and just grab my camera. I was thankful to my past self for charging the batteries and clearing the cards so all I needed to do was pick it up and go. Bleary-eyed, I stepped out of my flat and after a couple of paces…
Bristol, UK, 11th August, 2018. Balloons flying low over Clifton after Mass Ascent from Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2018.
The balloons were landing on The Bristol Downs which is conveniently at the end of my road. People, myself included, were gathering to watch the landings. It seemed to cause the balloons some difficulty in finding a safe place to land, shouts came raining down, politely asking us to not stand underneath them… it seemed fair…
Bristol, UK, 11th August, 2018. People gather to see balloons coming in to land after Mass Ascent from the Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2018.
It’s quite rare for me to be happy about being woken up before my alarm, on this occasion I was.
Bristol, UK, 11th August, 2018. Balloons coming in to land after Mass Ascent from Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2018.