On our recent trip to Valletta on the Mediterranean island of Malta we were lucky enough to watch/participate in some of the celebrations for the upcoming feast of St Augustine.

For Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week I’d like to share a few pictures of a local brass band in Valletta leading a procession down to the church of St Augustine (or Santu Wistin as he is called in Maltese).

Once at the church we were invited inside by the locals to watch a ceremony where a VERY large statue of St Augustine was carried outside to be blessed and then carried back in again. (But that’s for another blog post which won’t be in monochrome! It was colourful in the extreme). But for now, the brass band…..


Trombone Player St Augustine feast Valletta

Trombone Player ©HelenBushe


Brass Band St augustines feast Valletta

Brass Band ©HelenBushe


brass band tuba Valletta

Tuba Player ©HelenBushe




(With thanks as always to Cee for her hard work and enthusiasm in putting out these challenges every week.)


nivs24 · 31 May 2016 at 03:28

Its like painted photos. Awesome.

    Helen Bushe · 31 May 2016 at 08:50

    Thank you very much for taking the time to look and to comment.

    HMB · 31 May 2016 at 18:25

    Thank you.

cwaugh212 · 27 May 2016 at 21:54

I agree with Marga. These look like wonderful drawings. Well done.

    HMB · 28 May 2016 at 16:59

    Thanks Charles. I’m playing around with different effects, some work and some definitely don’t !

Marga Demmers · 27 May 2016 at 14:12

Nice effect this processing of yours, just like a drawing.

    HMB · 28 May 2016 at 16:56

    Thanks Marga, I’m having fun experimenting with processing. Trouble is that when I end up with one I like I’ve forgotten what I did. Have a good weekend.

Bren · 26 May 2016 at 18:49

WOW. ..I love the tones and texture to the photos.. stunning work xx

    HMB · 26 May 2016 at 19:23

    Aw, thanks Bren. How kind of you to say that. I’m playing around with different ways of processing and having great fun.

      Bren · 26 May 2016 at 21:14

      I love trying something new…I think processing can be fun to do and I find it my favourite part of photography

        HMB · 26 May 2016 at 21:14

Marching to the Music in Malta - PHOTOPHILE · 2 February 2017 at 19:01

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