Eden Festival was held over the past weekend, and Marcus and I played as The Cracked Man in Rabbie's Tavern (the beer tent) on the Thursday evening.
As the festival didn't really get into full swing until Friday afternoon, the crowd was sparse. And then when Marcus's string broke after the first song and I had to entertain them solo for a few minutes, it became even sparser. However, by the time we reached the middle of our set we were back in our stride and people started to wander back into the tent, and we received plenty of enthusiastic applause by the time we finished.
The Cracked Man, live at Eden Festival - Photo courtesy of Pete of PR Imaging
As a performer, I was given a full weekend pass. As someone who doesn't really like camping and shudders at the idea of festival loos, I decided to head home later that evening.
Nevertheless, I returned on Saturday with my camera to photograph some bands and continue in my ongoing quest to improve my "street" photography.
Far removed from the portrait or staged narrative photography I usually do, photogaphing people as they go about their business, mostly unaware of me, is more akin to wildlife photography.
By the time you have registered that you've just seen something interesting, it's gone. I lost count of the number of times I thought, "damn, that would have made a great photo..." if only I'd had my camera at the ready.
I think the real experts learn to anticipate and gain a feel for what might happen, or set themselves in a position where interesting juxtapositions are likely to occur.
I live in hope that if I do it enough, eventually something will click and my hit rate will dramatically improve.
Below is a selection of photos I was quite pleased with. For the full set of about 30 images, click through to my Facebook album here:
Fellow Galloway Photographic Collective photographer, Allan Wright enjoying a pint
Old favourites, Sparo and The Yahs giving it some good old driving, energetic Rock 'n' Roll
Never did work out what it was she was eating
King Charles playing the main stage. Smoke and back-lighting make an irresistible combination for a photographer
By the light of a food van