We were at the Arizona Renaissance Festival this spring with some friends. There are performers everywhere looking for recognition and tips, and then there are weirdos from everywhere that just show up in crazy-ass outfits. Sometimes they’re legit reenactors (“I reenact, therefore I was.”), sometimes they’re just morons or emo kids in slutty fairy outfits. This year, though, there was a real gem. These two extremely clever kids, who were just there dressed up for their own fun, let me stop them and take their picture. They got right into character and posed for me. I tipped them, as they outdid most of the “pros” this year. If you don’t get these getups, I feel sorry for you because you are missing out.
They are King Arthur and his loyal servant Patsy, from Monty Python and the Holy Grail which is the “Holy Grail” of British comedy, if not all comedy.
“Patsy” even has Terry Gilliam’s scowl down perfectly, and “Arthur” nailed Graham Chapman’s smug face. They galloped off in perfect form. Highlight of my whole day.
The movie was very dark and dismal looking so I tried to impart some of that onto the photo which was otherwise extremely bright & cheery. I used the neutralize filter and tried to vignette some of the distractions out.
I used Topaz Lens Effects to make this the panning shot it shoulda been. This is Tillman the Skateboarding Bulldog.
If you’ve never heard of Tilly, watch this:
This is what English Bulldogs do. They have an aptitude. Check out Tyson, Darla, or Rosie…just YouTube “skateboarding bulldog” and you will be floored.
Our bully has his own skateboard, a present from his “grandma.” He’s a huge male and he’s too wide for it, but that didn’t stop him from riding it right into the wall and putting a dent into the drywall. The skateboard became an outside toy right quick.