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 and  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! 🙂 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… 🙂

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

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Vienna Street and a Walk with Klara

Well, after a long time of not shooting much street, here comes the longest entry I’ve ever put together. So how’s that you may wonder… There’s several reasons, one of them was having a week of holidays and so being able to clear my head, but more important was that Klara Yoon, a street photographer from Berlin, was in Vienna, and asked me if I wanted to meet up. We  shot some street together, and I have to say, it was such great fun! I so enjoyed it – but let’s start from the beginning…

These are still a few shots from back in April and May…

Random stuff, like these two…

…or a broken bike.

Waiting at Frankfurt Airport.

Back in Vienna.

Boxes.

Watching a football match.

Here I was already on may way to meet Klara.

Guess he would qualify as Cafe Latte Daddy in Sweden…

I’ve been following Klara’s blog for a while, so I was happy to finally meet her for real. After we had a cup of coffee we went for a photowalk (dunno why, but somehow I don’t like this word…). To be honest, as much I was looking forward to shoot with someone, as opposed to usually roaming the streets all by myself, I also had my doubts if it really would work out. I usually don’t take many pictures, so I was unsure what to expect. But I have to say, it was such great fun! Also people didn’t seem to mind at all being photographed by two little girls! A combination I can only recommend (sorry, guys!). It was also interesting to see how we often saw the same situations, so I really look forward to see Klara’s blog entry to compare what she took away from our walk. And now, enough talking, here are the pictures (here is Klara’s entry).

Taking pictures of people taking pictures.

Pretty sure Klara’s version will be better, should have gone for a second shot…

Klara in action.

Initially the woman’s bag caught my eye, but the two guys thought it was them we were taking pictures of, so they started posing for us…

He tried to get out of my frame! 🙂

Teenage love.

A split second too late… He was quick, I wasn’t…

Girls and boys.

These two were cleaning leeks on the market, I chickened out and just took a picture from the side…

Have to say I really struggle with exposing correctly in bright light in summer, dunno why so many people call it “good light”, probably they mistake good for bright… Whatever…

Quick meal.

He was buying flowers, can’t tell if he looked after the girls or if he just wanted to find out what I was taking pictures of…

Klara.

Wheel in cafe.

Saw Klara shooting this as well, again will be interesting to see her version.

Teenage love.

Think that was the last picture I took before Klara had to leave to catch her train… Thanks for that lovely afternoon, hope to meet again soon!

So, back to random findings in Vienna! A sleeping guy for example…

She videotapes everything, so that he can watch it back home, as he was too busy to look at the real thing…

Friendly.

Not teenage anymore, but hopefully still love.

El padron.

“Leftists have more sex – and the Pirates are prudish.” Quality journalism made in Austria.

Ironing board.

Car talk (I guess).

Car cleaning.

Smoke break.

Connected.

Disconnected.

This looked funny… Somehow…

Dedicated photo assistant!

All pictures Kodak TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1.

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.

More Random II

It took me ages to finish those few rolls I shot in the last months. Finally enough pictures for a short entry with some random pics.

Think these two girls were posing for a photo. 🙂

Snow (so now you know how long it took me to finish those rolls of film!).

On a plane to London.

In a pub in the UK. His night didn’t seem to be nice as pie…

At Costa Coffee.

Heading back to Heathrow. Rain. What else.

Rubbish (those who recognise the newspaper, yes, it’s rubbish).

Grounded.

First days of spring and finally some sun.

Stripes, no stars.

Trousers & jacket – flea market leftovers.

Snapping away.

Love.

Sunlight. 🙂

The standoff.

Beech tree in a park in Bregenz. I spent many lunch breaks under or sitting in that tree back in school.

All TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1.

Random Findings

From a few weeks ago – great light.

She was waiting for her food to arrive and enjoyed the autumn sun.

Shoes.

Autumn.

Busy people.

City cowboy.

Drums and a bike.

Corpse.

Rainy weather.

National holiday in Austria, the army usually organises an event to present themselves to the public (not very fond of that event, but went there to take pictures anyways).

Eurofighter wing.

Tea.

People queuing to meet the Bundeskanzler.

Watching.

More queuing.

More watching.

Wiener Wasser (Viennese water).

On my way home…

Smoking.

They looked a bit lost.

Father & son?

A last one of people watching…

Back home – Sachertorte.

A last cup of tea and then off to develop the rolls of the day.

Films: TriX 400 & Agfa APX 100 in Xtol 1+1