Many Spanish festivals would not be complete without the appearance of the bulls. There are several different variations of these events. There’s the classic bullfight with a matador waving his red muleta. Then there’s the good old bull run, where bulls are released through the streets as crowds of revellers (for want of a better word) try to outpace a herd of beasts. Then there are events like this, kind of a mix between the two, you’ve got the bullring, the spectators, you’ve got the revellers and most importantly you’ve got one big angry bull.
The truth is at these events those in the ring run for their lives and jump over the barriers at the first sight of the bull moving towards them, not a bad option in my mind. But it certainly does detract from the brave macho image that most of these men (yes, they do always seem to be men) hope to portray.
It’s a sad fact that in just the last weeks 4 people have died in Spain at these type of events, killed by the bulls. Of course, that’s nothing compared to the amount of bulls that have been killed in the same time.
Leganés, Spain. Shot on a Sony a6000 at 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 640. Copyright Tom Bourdon.