Behind The Pictures: It is more merciful to quickly kill

This is the second of our Behind The Pictures series, where photographers and performers talk about some of their favourite images from last Samhuinn. Today, Raini from Photopoint and Lu from the White Hunt share their thoughts on this photo…


Raini says…
Having been present at a White Hunt practice, covertly taking photos of them in action, I could sense they were developing as a pack. As the procession moved forward on the night this sense was felt in full force. To capture just one of the White Hunt, standing powerfully alone outside the pack, was a rare opportunity on the night and I seized it.

Lu says…
This moment occurred very early on, even before we met the Winter King. We were curious about why the White Hunt had been called and so we were alert and eager to find what is coming. Personally I always felt there was a serenity and groundedness in the White Hunt, knowing winter is inevitable and it is more merciful to quickly kill now than to let those who won’t make it to the spring suffer and die on their own, and I feel this came out well in this picture.

The Samhuinn Fire Festival 2016 is at 9pm on Monday 31st October on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Find out all about it here.

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