Capturing the festival spirit

by Helen Hooker September. 08, 2018 580 views

I went into work early this afternoon to spend some time on my photography role for a couple of hours without having to worry about the more mundane tasks I’d be dealing with later. My mission was to capture some of the activities and the festival spirit on camera.

Only at Woodfest would you find a stall selling hand carved wands!

Only at Woodfest would you find a stall selling hand carved wands!

Many of the stallholders were happy for me to take their photo and it was fun to catch people on camera as they enjoyed themselves. Woodfest is an unusual mix of music and wood/craft themed activities, so there was no shortage of things to photograph.

This lady was so lovely and incredibly photogenic too - I found it impossible to take a bad photo of her!

This lady was so lovely and incredibly photogenic too - I found it impossible to take a bad photo of her!

Steaming noodles on the Korean food stall

Steaming noodles on the Korean food stall

Play fights - with wooden swords, of course!

Play fights - with wooden swords, of course!

Woodworking by the lake

Woodworking by the lake

Storytelling in the Shell House

Storytelling in the Shell House

I found some interesting characters at Pandoro's Travelling Fayre

I found some interesting characters at Pandoro's Travelling Fayre

One of the forest's coppicing volunteers hard at work

One of the forest's coppicing volunteers hard at work

From time to time I popped into the various music stages to photograph some of the performers in action. The music varied from folk to rock, pop and country so I found an eclectic mix of fashion styles among my subjects too.

Folk music in the Fishermen's Shelter

Folk music in the Fishermen's Shelter

Joe Turone giving his heart and soul to the music

Joe Turone giving his heart and soul to the music

Sarah Vista, singing country and western music

Sarah Vista, singing country and western music

The Junkyard Dawgs

The Junkyard Dawgs

A folk band on the acoustic stage

A folk band on the acoustic stage

As night fell I sneaked in some more photographic explorations, looking for interesting light where I could find it. The darkness was challenging but my camera didn’t let me down and the night shots are some of my favourites from the event.

Pandoro's Travelling Fayre

Pandoro's Travelling Fayre

Such atmospheric lighting in the bar... and what a beard!

Such atmospheric lighting in the bar... and what a beard!

Making decisions about what food to order...

Making decisions about what food to order...

Finally, I caught another of the bands, Fred’s House, on the main stage and had great fun catching those expressive moments where the musicians were really getting involved in their performance.

8 September 2018

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 4 months ago

Love these shots! Right up my alley.
I felt like I was there with you enjoying the festivities. You captured the essence :)

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Berckmans Peter 2 years, 4 months ago

I can feel the mood. Preparing for an event is sometimes better than the event. Because that is for you and the event is for visitors. Done many

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jim Hooker 2 years, 4 months ago

Brilliant set, Helen.  ou captured the atmosphere of the different sorts of activities perfectly.  I'm sure the NT will be very pleased with your efforts.

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