Festival Frames #1 - Trespassing Permitted
I take a lot of shots of live performances, where I rather enjoy the challenge of working under whatever lighting conditions (frequently difficult) which are available - I am fairly militantly non-flash shooting live performances. I would like to put a few up on TE - so to fit in with the requirements, there will be some notes on some local festivals.
Travel in Africa often attracts because of our wildlife - a holiday in South Africa is almost incomplete without a visit to the Kruger Park. But this continent has far more to offer - I have posted some examples of a rich archaeological heritage and there is massive interest in cultural events - especially music, but theatre and dance also get a major look in.
Trespassing Permitted was taken at the Grahamstown National Festival of the Arts which tends to take place over two weeks in late June / early July (in 2017 it will be 29 June to 9 July). The granddaddy of Southern African festivals, running annually since 1973. The Grahamstown Festival is modelled on the Edinburgh Festival, with a main programme and a very active fringe. There is a strong focus on theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music and performance art. There is also a Jazz Festival running simultaneously with its own venue(s) and tending to work mainly by invitation. Like any festival with a fringe, there is no guarantee of quality for some of the acts, but the jazz has never disappointed. For Jazz afficianados, Southern African musicians bring some very interesting local influences in to their interpretations.
The shot shows (part of) The Mike Rossi Project - with Mike Rossi on sax and Jason Reolon on piano. My thanks to all those great jazz photographers for inspiration and ideas.
In terms of visiting the festival - Grahamstown is a university town/city and the festival is scheduled in the holidays so that the university hostels and residences are available - booking a room in a hostel is very affordable - many of the performers choose this option so you can meet some of the players. Grahamstown is kind-of at the Northern end of the Garden Route, about 9 hours drive from Cape Town.
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Royaldevon (43965) 2017-01-21 4:51
This is just about as different as it can get from your previous photographs!
Here, the negative space is as important as the images.
I'm not sure about the bright, piano reflection. In some way it links but if you block it out, the two images sit very subtly together.
A great experiment which brings in mood as well as image.
Have a good w/e,
serp2000 (45970) 2017-01-21 5:25
Good contribution to the Black&White category. Well done, excellent minimalist art work! Good idea to make it in b&w, so we don't need the colors here.
jhm (161013) 2017-01-21 6:31
Musicians in a dark atmosphere is always spectacular.
A nice depth and perspective picture.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
kasianowak (10605) 2017-01-21 14:11
An impressive creative outcome in a situation where most people would try to produce only record shots. Masterful use of contrast resulted in this near-minimalist image. Congratulations, also, on the choice of medium.
This would look great on a gallery wall.
kordinator (15433) 2017-01-22 2:35
I like a lot this kind of photos.
I have lots of photos with such events.
Nice choice of black and white frame.
sacimar (29017) 2017-01-22 10:56
excellent image of this concert, I like the atmosphere we can feel here, well done,
danos (103216) 2017-01-22 23:51
great the B/W snapshot from the Festival frames,with the figures of the musicians to are captured and presented perfect.Excellent the light management of the image.