A visit to Glastonbury festival in 2005 was to be a once in a lifetime event . After all, I was born in the 50s albeit by just a few days. I had expected to be a little out-of-place.
I took my 17-year-old son and two of his friends although suitably we slept in separate tents and we only generally met up when they needed feeding. I fell in love with the place and now go every year.
In 2008 and 2009 I went on my own and took a Nikon D300 DSLR camera for company. I studied photography before taking a totally different career route. I tried to capture some of the festival atmosphere to help me explain what was special about the experience. I uploaded some of them to the Glastonbury website gallery.
Then I got that email “I work for Michael Eavis at Glastonbury Festival, can you call me”
It’s no exaggeration that for many people the Glastonbury experience can change the way you think and how you act. There are so many things I have now done as a result of this email arriving.
The outcome was that in 2010 I was asked to be one of the web team photographers supporting the truly excellent Jason Bryant. I must be doing something right because I was asked back in 2011 and will be going back this year.
I go to gigs , concerts and festivals when I can. I try to get accreditation to take a camera but more often than not I am in the audience with everyone else. Last year I took photographs at a number of festivals including V, Kendall calling and Ramyfest. Some of these were for the festival or for the music website Louder than War. You can read and see photos of these in this blog and on my Portfolio Page.
Most of this blog will be photos and words about gigs, festivals and photography but there are plenty of other issues which I will share my thoughts on.