Behind the Scenes with Bill Brett
Photojournalist Bill Brett is a renowned artist, and spent much of his photographic career working for the Boston Globe. Since his retirement, he has published several photography books and has worked at many major Boston events, including the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, which he has been involved with since it began in 1974.
Q: What are you doing the day before the event?
A: I go to the rehearsal.
Q: What are you doing the day of the event?
A: I come all day. I shoot 1000 images of the activities of the day.
Q: When you hear “Fourth of July,” what do you think of?
A: How lucky I am to be an American. Where could you do this in other countries?
Q: What is your favorite part of the Fourth of July celebration?
A: The 1812 Overture because it is so patriotic.
Q: If you could meet anyone in history, who would you meet?
A: I met Pope John Paul II when he was here in Boston. He was inspiring.
Q: What are the three objects you can’t live without on the Fourth?
A: My cameras, water, and good weather.
Q: How did you get involved with the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular?
A: I was with Arthur Fiedler and David Mugar 38 years ago when they talked about it. I was in the car with them.
Q: How has the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular changed since you started?
A: It got better every year. The presentation every year seems to get better, and the talent seems to be getting better all the time.
Q: What effect has working on the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular had on you?
A: Great friendships have been made through this event.
Q: What are some of the challenges you have had to overcome to make the event possible?
A: None, really. I just ask for good weather. Not too hot.
Q: What are you thinking/feeling on the day of the show, after all of your preparation is done?
A: I’m excited and I’m anticipating good pictures. Looking forward to it.