This is the first post in a series on crowd images. Alex and I spent last weekend at the Truck festival near Steventon in Oxfordshire. It was a fantastic weekend; excellent music and a great atmosphere. There were many highlights, some of which I will post more about.
One of the things I enjoyed was plucking out scenes of couples from the crowds (sometimes intentionally and other times accidentally). I liked the way the twosomes found their own secret spaces to just be quietly in their togetherness and share tranquil moments amongst the ensuing chaos and frenzy of the festival crowds. There is a sense of both reckless abandon and extreme privacy in a very public space (not least highlighted by my presence as intruder-photographer, and mostly fueled by lots of cider!). The images also tell their own little stories of friendship, love and community – truly summing up the spirit of the whole festival for me.
© Emily Hughes and searchingtosee, 2012
These are brilliant! what a great idea!
It wasn’t really intentional actually… I must have just been drawn to photographing all the couples without realising!
You’ve captured some beautiful moments of bonding between human beings. It gives me so much hope. 🙂
There was a great spirit there… very special
These are fantastic pictures Emily! I love them -s interesting to look at and really capturing the sweet and lazy, loving spirit! The B&W is perfect too!I love this post! 🙂 Glad you had fun!
I’ve much enjoyed your site. Your love for this medium is quite apparent in the diversity and honesty of your images.
thank you John! I’m glad that my passion is evident! I really do love photography, and indeed doing this blog 🙂
the black and white adds to the mood of each photo. Enjoyed your post!!