Ms Hannant observed many of these customs have a distinct Pagan element. "That is what fascinated me particularly," the photographer said, "the desire to connect to a potential Pagan past." These customs also often attract a huge turnout, such as the Jack-in-the-Green in Hastings in May (pictured), which attracts thousands of people and has a parade including giants, Morris dancers and fire-eaters. They lead Jack to the top of the castle hill, where he is ceremonially slain.
Jack in the Green has become identified with the mysterious Green Man depicted in mediaeval church carvings and is widely felt to be an embodiment of natural fertility, a spirit of the primeval greenwood and a trickster; he is linked to such mythological characters as Puck, Robin Goodfellow, Robin Hood, the wild man, and the Green Knight, among others such as the folklore behind the legend of Robin Hood.
Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings by Chris Parker. "Jack in the Green is a participant in the traditional English May Day celebrations. I set up a temporary studio in Hastings to record the variety of costumed characters who attended in 2012."