Hastings Pirates Day Street Photography Workshop

22 July 2019

Region: South East

Last Sunday saw thousands of Pirates, sea dogs and wenches descend upon the shores of Hastings to celebrate 10 years of buccaneers in the Pirate capital of the world, accompanied by Dave Mason and his “crew” of intrepid photographers on the Street Photography workshop organised by RPS South East. 

We started the day in Battle, ably assisted by members of Battle Photographic Society who know Hastings well and helped Dave keep an eye on where everybody was most of the time. Why Battle? Because parking in Hastings on Pirate Day is a real scourge! 

The morning session gave us some useful hints, tips and techniques brilliantly illustrated with Dave’s usual whimsical take on life in the streets. This was followed by a 15 minute train journey down to Hastings to join the fun, along with thousands of “pirates” hell-bent on enjoying the day out. One of the highlights of the day was a new world record attempt to form the largest human image of a boat (now a pirate galleon!) but despite the crowds of over 3000, it wasn’t enough to take the prize but fun to try.

A great time was had by all, with lots of images to go through, looking for that elusive winner - Many thanks to Dave and the team for such a super day out.

Roger Crocombe ARPS

Picture copyright: Roger Crocombe ARPS