— WOMAD 2013: Day One

To follow on from my photographs of last year’s WOMAD, here’s just a few snaps from Day One of the 2013 festival:The evening’s headline act was Jamaica’s reggae legend, the ageless Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – and boy did he ever put on a fine show…(not that I saw it! The photos are here are of the brilliant Max Romeo. I slipped away before Mr Perry joined him on stage. Light-weight)

 

As always at WOMAD, it’s as much fun capturing faces in the crowd and while it takes a while to warm up on the opening Friday, I shall hope to bring you more visual treats on Saturday and Sunday.

 

The guy with the truly fabulous grey beard is Balwant Singh – Sikh or Freak apparently if you join him at the Human Library – and his friend, Martin Naidu, with dreads somewhat more abbreviated than Mr Perry’s were shot while chatting together in the super-hot sunshine accompanied to sounds of Caribbean music.

 

Immediately after taking these shots, I found myself being truly captivated by this beautiful woman with the shaven head.

 

Next up was a real treat. Last year I took a snapshot of a beautiful woman with full sleeve tattoos and wished all weekend that I might see her again and capture an image that did her justice. Well, while I was having lunch yesterday I spotted her again and shot another quick snap. The lovely tattoo’d lady’s name is Dalma and maybe this year I will actually spot her again and finally shoot the image I know she’s able to offer me…

 

My own musical highlight yesterday was a wonderful acoustic performance by singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur and while I have a few of albums at home and am already very fond of his music, live he’s arresting indeed.

 

…oh, and in case you’re wondering about the long-haired guy in my last image, he’s Joseph Arthur’s drummer and he’s here mostly because I found him rather fanciable.

 

Anyway, it’s away to Charlton Park again now to see what today’s treats might be…

 

You can see my last photographs of day one, day two and day three of last year’s WOMAD here (including photography of the legendary Jimmy Cliff and Robert Plant, Damien Dempsey, Ane Brun, and many others… …plus even more pretty peoples enjoying themselves in the sunshine)..

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