To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet..." (TS Eliot)
The Lyttelton Street Party on Friday prompted some thoughts about identity.
At the personal level, wearing a mask is intensely liberating. You feel simultaneously visible and invisible with permission to say and do things that you might not otherwise. (The combination of mask and mulled wine was especially potent!).
The masked parade, which launched the Lyttelton Street Party, says much about the identity of the town. Creative, inclusive, quirky and in your face, Lyttelton embraces difference, proudly announces 'take me as I am, warts and all'! At its core is a group of people who work very hard - and very successfully - to promote a strong community identity.
Thank you to the creator of this mask who generously allowed me to photograph her wonderful work of art.