Now that we’re all done with Santorini, how about we cover something a bit closer to home?
On June 18, I packed up my camera, put on my walking shoes, and headed down to the M-Shed to take part in the #CanonBristolMeet hosted by Canon UK, @porthjess (Jess), @circleofpines (Laura), and @monalogue (Ramona)! The event was a way for photography lovers from not only the local area but all around England to come together, explore Bristol, and get better acquainted with some Canon kit! The only other Instagram meetups that I’ve been to before have been ones that I’ve hosted, so it was really nice to get to be shuttled around to explore my own city without having to do any of the organization before hand! 😉
I think that there might have been one or two Nikon-ers floating around, but it was generally Canon City for the day! We visited the M-Shed on its 5th anniversary to start, and from there moved on to the Old Vic, which is undergoing extensive renovations (looks AMAZING so far) and was also celebrating a big birthday. We caught the cast in their final rehearsals for the opening night of King Lear, which was a real treat!
From there, we hopped into our chariot and headed to Aardman Animation Studios (which I believe is where they made Wallace and Gromit?).
There, we were treated to a fire show put on by Cirque Bijou! Luckily, I’ve both fire spun and taken quite a few photos of fire work in the past. I wasn’t really as prepared as I would have liked to have been had I known in advance, but I think that I managed to get a few good snaps of the performers! (And also now that we’re moving to a house with a garden I might just order some new poi so that I can spin again!! I don’t, however, think that I’ll ever graduate to a fire-filled jetpack, though.)
The show was pretty incredible (and hot! I could feel the flames from where I was sitting!) and it gave everyone an opportunity to take some shots of something totally different than what they’re used to shooting.
After all that excitement, there was nothing left to do but go relax over some nibbles! We headed to The Forge, a creative space near the Christmas Steps that is simply STUNNING. I’m so sad that we’re moving out of the city centre as it feels a shame to discover this amazing space right in our backyard right when we’re relocating. But, that just gives me an excuse to come into town regularly!
In all, the day was such a fun way to connect with like-minded photography buffs and I met so many people that I’d love to keep in touch with and work with in the future! If you’ve been on the fence about attending a meetup (whatever your niche) I highly encourage you to hop on off of it and attend one in your area!