It’s that time of year again, Easter obviously, but more exciting for some, the Fremantle Street Arts Festival. Originally the Busker’s Festival, it has evolved somewhat and this year takes over the streets, malls and parks of Fremantle, Western Australia from Saturday 23rd – Tuesday 26th April.
Download the festival program here http://fremantlewa.com.au/images/freo/StreetArtsFestival.pdf
As I’ve shared in some of my earlier posts, several years ago I went through a nasty bout of shyness and agoraphobia, so I’m proud of the fact I now feel more confident to go out in public and take street photos and try to push myself to do it as much as possible. I’m inspired by photographs I’ve seen taken by Eisenstaedt and the LIFE photographers and really like capturing the raw, unposed moments. Festivals are good for me practicing my street portraiture, especially as so many people are out with their cameras so I feel more comfortable taking photos of strangers (it’s a big difference to when someone has commissioned you to take shots).
I had the pleasure of meeting up with some newcomers to Perth and got to tell them a little about Fremantle’s history whilst we took some pictures. I love showing people my city and sharing all the history and little things the maps don’t tell them. Hopefully we can go out again soon.
I didn’t make it around too many of the performances (might make another trip down) but I did get an opportunity to meet The Bad Piper – own own punk rock, flame throwing bagpiper. Some of you may have seen him on the tele last year. I first saw him a few years ago as part of a busking band, “The Kilted Generation” but now he does his own thing. Cam was nice enough to let me take his portrait and then I snapped some photos of him and his wife Ashlee whilst he was performing.
They have been invited to perform at the Edinborough Fringe Festival this year and are hastily raising money to get over there so if you have some spare cash, pop along to one of his live shows this weekend or hit up his webpage to contact him.
To the slideshow!