LOST VILLAGE 2018 | AUGUST 2018 // 6th November 2018
It’s taken a long time for me to come to the point where I can write about Lost Village this year. There’s been a lot of personal things in my life that have taken over my creativity. It’s become quite difficult to find my motivation to do – well – anything creative.
I said I wanted to take a ton of pictures at the festival, I said I wanted to make a video. I took at least 6-7 rolls of film, all with the intention of shooting the lot! (inc. the video camera that I was going to make something on as well – that barely left the bag I took it in).
Though I got through 4 rolls, they were all mainly pictures of me and friends, memory pictures for me (and them obviously). The weekend we were there it rained or was gloomy most of the time. The light was bad, and I didn’t feel like taking pictures of rainy campsites; if I could have an excuse to not take pictures, I got one! But what I wanted to do was take pictures of my friends, and that’s what I did.
I remember that feeling of wanting to take pictures where ever I went, it was nice and proactive, but I’ve lost it. I’ve lost that urge to capture almost everything I saw, but when I do take a picture, I remember how good it feels. I know it’s a phase, and I should embrace the phase, as it will turn around and become the driving factor in me wanting to do more later, but for now; I’m not creating a lot. I think it’s clear from this year’s images of Lost Village, I basically recreated what I did last year. Though they’re nice, there wasn’t a lot of difference in what I was thinking.
One interesting thing did happen. One of the rolls “messed up”, I’m not sure what happened but the shadows were blue, and where the flash hit it – red. Initially I thought “F*ck sake, a wasted roll!” but the longer I looked I realised – “These images would be half as interesting if they came out how I expected”. This is one of those nice “mistakes” that happens with film photography, something you can’t predict, and something you couldn’t recreate if you tried digitally. Not because of technological constraints, but the idea. The simple idea to do it!
I’m sorry I couldn’t share a more positive photographic experience, life has intruded a lot into my creativity. I wouldn’t want to show this and pretend that I had an incredible time taking these pictures, and that the weekend was flawless, because that’s not true, and I don’t want my images to ever be untrue (unless stated otherwise).
Saying all that, I did have a great time! Saw some incredible acts, especially Four Tet on the Saturday night (that's all the wavey stage shots).