Lowell Folk Festival 2011

August 01, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
Another Lowell Folk Festival is in the books! It seems like I was just blogging about last years festival.
 
This year was no different than last in where I met a bunch of great new people and fast became friends. In fact, the only difference was how many new friends to hang out with all weekend. It was 4 very different groups of people but all equally so much fun to be around. And this year I decided to just go with the flow and not try to do all the activities and shows .

I only carried my camera around for a few hours on Sunday, but it was incredibly rewarding. As expected, La Excelencia for salsa dancing and Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas for their addicting Southern Louisiana sounds were the crowds favorites (though, I must say, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper were incredible in the bluegrass genre).
 
Cutting loose with some zydeco


I managed to capture some great moments with an older woman dancing her heart out to the zydeco music. And I loved how the band strongly encouraged her.

But my all time favorite shot from the weekend (and possibiy my all time favorite 10) came in the closing 30 minutes of this years festival. 

At Boarding House, Debo Band, a 9-piece Ethio-groove group, was playing. Sitting on the sidelines with my friends I was enjoying the fact that Lowell once again put on a great show and the weather was perfect. That's when I anticipated something that could unfold if the pieces came together. At the front of the stage was this small girl trying to take pictures of the band. She was very determined, curious and creative. I watched her pixel peep, check for the shutter button, look at the LCD, mess with flash and then eventually point the camera lens at herself! Fortunately, I had my camera in the ready because I thought it would be a fun photo if I captured her taking a picture while the older woman was taking a photo of the band in the background. And then, out of nowhere, another woman stepped into the frame, knelt down, and took a photo of the audience. Everything came together right at the most perfect moment. And I knew I got what I was anticipating and more!

 
The Littlest Photographer

I love how this photo flows. Young to old. Small to large. Lowest to highest. Perhaps inexperienced to amateur to semi-pro. And all females. Taken by another female. 
 
And now I am left to wonder if anybody was behind me capturing the 4 of us!

Thanks Lowell for another fun filled weekend. And thanks mother nature...you presented your best on Saturday and Sunday!

 


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