You won t glean many beauty tips from British photographer Henry Bourne s wonderful and wacky portraits of folklore enthusiasts, but you may find some gardening ones!" A compendium of British folklore enthusiasts whose quirky costumes often look to the land. Outside of the context of the greater spectacle the strange details of the costumes that mix the old and the new come clearly into focus. Featuring 125 portraits, the book is an endearing album of extravagantly costumed individuals inventively disguised as shrubs or haystacks, shimmering with mother-of-pearl buttons, and posturing as witchy high priestesses. Folkloric festivals and traditions remain vital throughout the UK, evidenced here by the colorful yet serious portraits captured by Bourne. These traditions, visually exciting in their use of costumes, face painting, and props, have helped strong community identity persisting over time. Lovers of fashion and personal style will appreciate this visual survey of British folk costume. You won't glean many beauty tips from British photographer Henry Bourne's wonderful and wacky portraits of folklore enthusiasts, but you may find some gardening ones! Bourne crisscrossed Great Britain to capture folk-fest attendees at their most outlandish: "Jack-in-the-Greens" wearing head-to-toe spring foliage for May Day; Bonfire Night revelers in full medieval garb; and partyers arrayed in patchwork at the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival. Bourne photographs each of them against a stark white background, capturing their full peacock finery in vivid detail. The British love of dressing up takes a weird and wondrous turn. . . . When captured by Bourne's lens, one thing is abundantly clear: Much like fancy dress at Halloween, modern folk is fun.