The Greenbelt Festival means a myriad of things to a multitude of people. It’s a Christian festival of arts, faith and justice with a long and rich history which started in 1972. I’ve been attending since 1993 and in 2002 became one of their official photographers. Together over the years we have created thousands of images and still only glimpsed the whole story. In this 40th’ anniversary year I wanted to create a piece of art that attempted to encompasses the festival’s history and decided to do that by creating a photo-mosaic with some of those images. Photo-mosaics are images composed of thousands of individual photos and are beautiful and elegant on many levels. Each fragment tell a tale and the whole *is* greater than the sum of its parts, just like the festival itself. Greenbelt sent me over their scanned archive images and I downloaded the digital archive to add to my own. Together that gave us around 25,000 images. My assistants and I curated the number of images down to around 12,000, i.e. we weeded out weaker images and then ones that were too similar to each other. The most suitable of these were chosen and there are around 7000 landscape orientation and 3000 portrait orientation images in the final mosaic. The working file size was 27Gb and the save time for the file was 15 minutes. In total there’s around 60 hours of work that gone into this image. We spent a good amont of time making sure that some of the most important archive images (U2 performing, images ones from the 1st festival etc) were present. Cue the Matt Redman song ‘Ten thousand reasons (which is fair enough as there’s a few photos of him performing in there). Hover over the photo-mosaic to zoom into it and see the detailed photos:
Here’s a closeup showing U2, Bruce Cockburn, Folk On, Sixpence none the Richer, Steve Taylor, Pip Wilson & many more.
If you’re at the festival this year you’ll be able to see the artwork up close and personal, as it’s been printed 4 meters wide by 4 meters high. Each individual photo is 5cm x 3.3cm and it’s been printed at very high resolution so it’s possible to see all the details. If you’ve been at the festival before (especially in the past 10 years) there’s a fair chance there’s a photo or crowd scene with you in it somewhere. Happy hunting.
We’re organising a photo walk in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire on the 20th of June and you’re invited. A photo walk is simply a group of people who walk together on a set route and photograph things that interest them. Some come along for the social aspect, some are looking to improve their photography, some like the creative challenge & inspiration, some like exploring an area in more depth and some come along for the exercise. Adrian Oldman, Lawson Willett and I decided it was time to give it a go.
We will start from the Exmouth Arms on Bath Road at 18:30 in two groups, and we will be walking at a slowish pace along a route that will take us into the Suffolks, the Gardens and Montpellier before returning to the Exmouth Arms. The route is about a mile in length and you can sign up and get more details here:
http://cheltpicwalkjune2013.eventbrite.co.uk Please do spread the word and we look forward to seeing you there.
The Daffodil restaurant on the route of the Cheltenham photo walk
In preparation for the photo walk I thought it would be good to share a few tips to get the most from it.
Last night the GlosWed networking group met at Priors Tithe barn in Brockworth for our latest tweetup. We had 75 guests attending and Fosters catering proved excellent hosts. It was great to see so many people connecting with other local wedding businesses and putting names to faces. We have a private Facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/