Arcadia Britannica (Hardcover)

A Modern British Folklore Portrait

By Henry Bourne (Photographer), Robin Muir (Foreword by), Simon Costin (Introduction by)

Thames & Hudson, 9780500517970, 192pp.

Publication Date: June 16, 2015

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Arcadia Britannica is the product of photographer Henry Bourne's repeated trips to some of Britain's greatest folk events: striking color portraits capture an eccentric collection of individuals in inventive outfits, including arboreal costumes, pagan-inspired creations, and historical garb. These were captured at events like the annual Jack in the Green festival held in Hastings in May, for which the town and its people are decked in green to welcome summer, and the Easter Sunday celebration in Bacup, Lancashire, where fiercely proud Britannia Coconut Dancers (or "Nutters") perform their traditional seven dances. An accompanying text by Simon Costin provides the historical backstory and explains the folklore behind this wacky, inspiring collection of images.