LIGHT is everything. (WOMAD)

July 30, 2015  •  1 Comment

No matter what other photographers or people tell you, Light is everything.

  • Perfect timing in no light? Not a picture.
  • Slightly off timing in great light? You have a picture.
  • Perfect timing in great light? Bingo!

For me, thats what WOMAD 2015 revolved around. I know I should say the music (I heard some great stuff, try Red Baraat) , I should also say the "vibe" (I love the chilled nature of this festival) but no, this year I say the light!

Friday was wet, really wet but still at times I could find interesting light, usually contrasting the shadows as the light came into the sides the tents.

 

WEATHER AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 24/07/2015WEATHER AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 24/07/2015Weather at WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival at Charlton Park on 24/07/2015 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury. Festival goers in the rain on the Friday morning. Picture by Julie Edwards. Editors Note: This image has been converted to monochrome.

 

I love this photo, it has layers, it has depth, it has detail, it has a story and it has RAIN. (Did I say it was wet?)

Saturday brought sun and the sun brought.... yes, Light! Especially in the afternoon as it began to set. A colleague and I went off "hunting", looking for the light playing in the tents, tricking through the trees, looking for patterns and contrasts.

 

ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015Atmosphere at WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival at Charlton Park on 25/07/2015 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury. A young couple cuddle. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot. Editors Note: This Image has been converted to Monochrome.

 

The funfair is always a great subject there, traditional rides with lots of detail and shadows.

 

ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015Atmosphere at WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival at Charlton Park on 25/07/2015 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury. xxxx. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot. Editors Note: This Image has been converted to Monochrome.

 

Of course, there is not only the rides but there is also the faces of the children riding on them....

 

ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015Atmosphere at WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival at Charlton Park on 25/07/2015 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury. Children and familes on a Carters Steam Fair's Merry-Go-Round. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot. Editors Note: This Image has been converted to Monochrome.

 

As the sun moved further down, we knew we had only 10 to 15 minutes max and headed back to the "Siam" tent for the shadows streaming in. Once there it was obvious it was just too busy! There was no way we could move through it picking shots. A quick discussion and I suggested the "B&W" tent. What a call! The sun was streaming in perfectly, just how we wanted and there were not too many people there,just enough to get the shadows, shapes and atmosphere we wanted.

 

ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015Atmosphere at WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival at Charlton Park on 25/07/2015 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury. Festival goers relax in the Bowers & Wilkins stage tent bathed in the light of the sunset. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot. Editors Note: This Image has been converted to Monochrome.

 

If I sound all "gushy" writing this, well it's because I was and am.  As I say, photography is all about the light and here we have the sun and the tent in harmony lighting the people within enabling us to make the images we wanted.

 

ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015Atmosphere at WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival at Charlton Park on 25/07/2015 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury. Festival goers relax and enjoy a beer in the Bowers & Wilkins stage tent bathed in the light of the sunset. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot. Editors Note: This Image has been converted to Monochrome.

 

Sunday and it was back to rain again, but with a flatter light, although contrasts could be found!

 

ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 26/07/2015ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 26/07/2015Atmosphere at WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival at Charlton Park on 26/07/2015 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury. The audience at the Charlie Gillet Stage on the Sunday morning in the rain. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot. Editors Note: This image has been converted to monochrome.

So, did I actually photograph any performances? Of course I did. I'll post some in a day or two but for now I just want to think about the light.....

 


Comments

Dade Freeman(non-registered)
Great post and even better images - I agree, if you can learn to see light you will be one step ahead :)
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