December 31st, 2012
December 31st, 2010
© Jill Waterman. Eva as Kukeri, New Year 2012 in Razlog, Bulgaria.
For the past 30 years, Jill Waterman has traveled annually to a different location to photograph traditional celebrations of the New Year. A year ago, she photographed in the mountain village of Razlog, Bulgaria, where goat-skin clad creatures called Kukeri and exuberant villagers in ceremonial Turkish attire parade through the streets on January 1 in a vigorous dance to ward off evil spirits.
Waterman, author of the 2008 book Night & Low Light Photography and editor for PDN Custom Media, is now in the mountains near Salzburg, Austria, to document the ominous masked figures called Perchten that visit small local villages in “the raw nights” between Christmas and Epiphany on January 6.
For more of Waterman’s New Year’s images from around the world, visit www.NewYearPhotos.com. (more…)
December 31st, 2009
|© Jill Waterman
On December 31, 1983 Jill Waterman began a long term project to photograph New Year’s celebrations in cities around the world. For more than 25 years her documentation has spanned many countries, cultures and events: from waiting for midnight in Paris; to religious observances on the beach in Brazil; to the Millennium celebration in Bethlehem; to this image of fireworks over Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle from 1999.
Shooting from an adjacent window that offered a panoramic view, Jill made this image within seconds of the firework’s first burst, before the scene became polluted by smoke accumulating in the air over time. For more tips for success when shooting fireworks, as well as many other nighttime subjects, check out Jill’s book Night and Low Light Photography.
And to see more of her New Year’s Eve images, visit NPR’s The Picture Show blog , or click here.
© Guy Le Querrec/ Magnum Photos
Sunday, December 31, 1989 (around midnight) people celebrating New Year’s Eve on the Berlin wall near the Brandenburg Gate. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall in November of 1989. To view more images form the Magnum archive click here