Ben Grubb | Photography

People of Blissfields…

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A week or so ago I got a call asking if I could go and shoot some video of the Blissfields festival, a smallish festival not far from Winchester. It sounded like fun so I went for it! I had a hectic couple of days trying to sort things out, but on the Friday morning I was sat on the train, watching the big, looming grey clouds overhead. Fortunately, the clouds didn’t last and we were treated to two days of blue skies and sunshine! Shooting the festival was hard work, but it was also a lot of fun and I got to see and shoot a lot of really great acts. There was probably only around a few thousand people there, but in amongst them were a lot of interesting characters, many of which I did my best to surreptitiously shoot stills of as a little mini project in between all the video footage. Here are a few of my favourites from the weekend. As always, the amazing Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II L USM lens came into its own again!…

It wasn’t all just stealth shooting however. My main job was to cover the main stage, and document the very eclectic selection of acts on show. There were only a few bands that I’d heard of prior to the festival, but I can honestly say that each and every act that I saw put on a great show in their own way, and I enjoyed them all. Many different genres were covered including rock, ska, rockabilly, hip-hop and dance but they were all entertaining and the crowd seemed to be really into just having fun which was great and made for a very fun, relaxed atmosphere. I reckon the highlight act for me though had to be Man Like Me who were really great to watch (and, I later found out, were the guys in that Ikea you’ll-always-find-him-in-the-kitchen-at-parties advert. They didn’t play that though). Here’s a few shots of some of the bands I saw. Enjoy!

4 Responses to People of Blissfields…

James Speedie says: July 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Bloody hell you’re good with a camera.

Ya bastard!

These are funking brilliant. Sounds like a great weekend!

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    Ben says: July 11, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Yeah, it was fun. Even the camping wasn’t too bad!

    Glad you like the shots. It was a lot of work, but I’m really pleased with the results.

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Teresa Brown says: July 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I really like the different colours in the band shots, and the compositions of arms/instruments/equipment – and that fan dress.

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    Ben says: July 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Thanks! The dress was amazing. She was turning cartwheels and climbing the stage rigging in it too which was very impressive!

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