Lorne Falls Festival 2018


Day 1 (Sunday, 30.01.18)

This is my friend Rylie, who accompanied me to Falls.  We started the day with getting up way too early (5:30am) and catching a train to Geelong. Only to find out that a bus didn’t leave to Lorne for another 1.5 hours. Our options were to wait, or catch an Uber. Our friend Alice Skye played the festival at 11:30am and Rylie and I really wanted to see her play. So, we decided to get an Uber to Lorne. It cost $170.

This is my friend Rylie, who accompanied me to Falls.

We started the day with getting up way too early (5:30am) and catching a train to Geelong. Only to find out that a bus didn’t leave to Lorne for another 1.5 hours. Our options were to wait, or catch an Uber. Our friend Alice Skye played the festival at 11:30am and Rylie and I really wanted to see her play. So, we decided to get an Uber to Lorne. It cost $170.

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The drive was beautiful, but long—the longest Uber ride we have both ever taken.

We finally arrived and set up our tent super quickly. We bolted to the festival to see Alice perform. It’s definitely a highlight seeing your friends play their music.

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Rylie thought it was a good idea to wear new Doc Marten shoes to a festival. Her feet were full of blisters by the end of the festival :’) We even had to go to the medical tent to get some bandaids.

Once we saw Alice play, I went and photographed Little May play in the Grand Theatre tent. I shot their entire set from the crowd as I hadn’t picked up my official accreditation yet. I shot with a Leica M6 camera body with a 35mm Summilux 1.4 lens. I brought my digital camera, but decided to ditch it and shoot super minimal for the entire festival as I didn't want to be lugging around heavy cameras the whole time! This combination is my favorite. It was a massive risk for 2 reasons. 1) I haven’t shot film a lot at all and 2) The film I brought with me was all expired. I had no idea if it would even expose properly. I just got it out of the fridge and started shooting! It was a risk I was willing to take though.

After Little May played, I went and picked up my photo pass and shot some backstage portraits for Jack River. She played at 3:30pm. It was overcast, so the lighting was pretty ideal for a show outside with no harsh shadows on anyones’s faces.

I shot Holly’s (Jack River) entire set on expired 1600 Fujifilm color press film. As you can see it’s a bit foggy and grainy. But I actually really like the look of it! Below is a Super 8mm video I took of Jack River’s set:

The last set I shot that day was the Hilltop Hoods side of Stage. The energy was incredible. I shot this photo on TMAX 3200 slide film. I double exposed the shot with a photo of my cat. This wasn't intentional, as I shot a couple test shots first to make sure my camera was ready to go before the festival started. I like how it turned out though.

 

Day 2 (Monday 31.01.18)

I didn’t do much photography on day 2 but Rylie, Alice, and Alice’s bandmates and I made our way to the festival in the afternoon. I shot lots of Super 8mm footage.

Whilst I was watching LPX play (who is the nicest person in the world) I shot this photo of a roadie sleeping on some cases. I thought it was quiet funny considering how loud it was. Some people really can sleep anywhere huh?

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