Lushfest 2012

Like last year the annual big meeting of Lush people from around the world was a mixture of meeting and festival. Again the wonderful site of Holton Lee welcomed us for 5 days.

Unlike last year, where it was really, really cold especially during the nights, it was warmer, but we all faced a new challenge – heavy rain and the subsequent mud. But this didn’t keep us from having fun and enjoying the whole 5 days. Very much like last year, the first two days were dedicated to training sessions and product launches (a bit more about this a bit later in this post), and the last two days were the festival days open to the public with lots of bands, workshops, making our own products, and of course – lots of rain and mud (did I tell you this before? I just keep telling because I didn’t take that many pictures of the actual muddiness so it doesn’t really show on my pictures, as it was partly too wet even for my Leica).

So, basically this is my selection of my favourite pictures I took during those 5 days.

First signs of mud. It had rained heavily for days and days before we came to the site at Holton Lee in Poole, Dorset, so the ground was already very soft. It didn’t take long to turn large areas into deep mud.

Snapshots during the training day.

Taking notes.

More notes.

A chunk of soap to take home.

Wellies – our best friends during these days.

But we had two lovely, sunny days as well.

Fighting Animal Testing in Korean (at least I think this is what the writing says).

Heading to the Set in Stone stone circle, where a new range of Gorilla Perfumes was about to be launched. The stones in the circle were scented with the new frangrances, and a set of music composed for the fragrances by Simon Richmond andย  John Metcalfe was performed life. To read more about the new fragrances, go and visit the Gorilla Perume blog.

It was really crowded, so for me the whole atomsphere and the music was a bit difficult to enjoy, still I liked the way how the fragrances were launched. The stone circle stayed there anyways, so I came back a few days later to experience the whole site on my own. And to take pictures, of course! I saw the site and felt it needed to be in colour, so scroll down a bit to see those impressions as well.

Life performance of the set of music especially composed for the six fragrances.

I switched to colour, just had to. Lush is a colourful company after all…

Our tents in the evening.

We had a ferris wheel on the site (of which I didn’t take a picture, don’t ask me why), but I took a ride, and this is how the muddiness looked from above. But this is still looking quite nice, compared to two days later!

My wellies.

Mixing their own lipsticks.

Wet.

Inside my tent.

Jackie Oates on stage.

Well, beer and a broken chair. Obvisously.

So here we go… Mud… In heavy rain.

But luckily there were gigs like The Dhol Foundation who had us dance until we felt warm and dry again!

Even the flamingoes liked it!

And after one day and night of heavy rain, this is how it looked the next morning! Unbelieveable!

Some tents had suffered quite a lot…

Holton Lee is right at the sea, so we went down to the beach to enjoy a little bit of sun and the sea breeze.

Catching shrimps – the were set free again immediately after we had had a look, don’t worry!

The camping village.

Exhausted. It was even muddy inside the tents…

A rainbow in the afternoon.

I went back to the stone circle to experience it on my own – the rainbow was still there!

That dead tree was so impressive, especially in the evening light, just beautiful.

The light, the light… Love it…

Self.

Evening sun. And mud.

Even the rainbow was a bit muddy. Yes, that’s soap btw.

Best food ever – the guys from Wholefood Heaven did amazing food, which helped keeping me warm and happy. Thanks so much! Having good food makes such a difference! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you ever find them somewhere around London or on a festival, try the Buddha Bowl, you won’t regret it, I promise!

Fun (thanks, Nora, for the idea!).

Mud.

English mud in my shower back home.

Despite the rain and the mud I have to say I really enjoyed those 5 days, the concerts were great, and meeting so many wonderful people was a lovely experience!

Thanks for all the work that went into organising Lushfest, guys! If you could switch off the rain next time, that would be great, but hey, we had a real British experience that way!

Nevertheless, being back home in my bed was nice too… ๐Ÿ™‚

Films: Kodak TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1 & Portra 400.

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In the Woods

The last time I stayed in the UK, I was booked into a hotel at the outskirts of London, so while I couldn’t sneak out for a quick shopping tour or some hours of street shooting in the city, the hotel had a large golf course. I’m not interested in golf at all, but having the possibility to go for a walk and enjoying a few minutes of fresh air is really great, so after one long day of meetings I did exactly this.

Leaving the golf course I found this:

Film: Kodak Portra 400.