Festival and Fringe favourites
With this year’s Imperial Festival just around the corner, I thought I would do a run down of some of my favourite Festival and Fringe images…
Shooting the Fringe and Festival since the very beginning has been a pleasure. They are always such happy events – researchers really get to show off their work and tailor fun and crazy experiments for the public to play with, and the visitors absolutely love getting involved. An idyllic spring festival day portrayed in this candid shot with Harriet Whewell from Communications and Public Affairs helping out for the day. So many elements of this image convey the Imperial Festival to me, but I especially like the campus and the trees reflected in the balloons.
I love this Fringe image as there’s just so much here and it was completely candid. It’s also multi-generational with the child in the foreground, a slice of pram to the right, and a father and grandmother in the background. Also this is a great Fringe exhibit: the little boy is getting stuck into a spectrometer made from LEGO.
A slightly different frame from this shot has seen a lot of use in print, online, and around campus, but this frame is my favourite with the nurse also grinning in the background. I think being able to take a selfie in an operating theatre is a fairly rare thing and that’s exactly what makes Fringe special.
Here is a Festival image in action from the Annual Fundraising Report. The creamy reflected backlight, colours and the boy trying so hard to see from behind make this one for me.
A top down image of Professor Guillermo Rein’s fire tornado that was massively popular at this year’s Festival, this shows a really nice reflection of the interest in the exhibits. It was also popular on social media with the Festival/Fringe Imperial Spark Twitter account calling it their “favourite ever festival image“.
This young man had an amazing evening at the Fringe, dressing up in an original space suit, getting involved with everything and meeting our real astronaut Helen Sharman! There’s a series of images of this boy with with the telescope that have been used heavily for promoting the Fringe.
The lab coats in the foreground with a bubbly Queens Tower and blue sky very much speak Festival to me, and others it seems as this image has had a lot of use. Here it is after the event on the college homepage.
In my opinion this is one of the best expressive images we’ve had from the fringe, there is a great sequence of this young girl who is watching a scorpion being lit up by ultraviolet light at the ‘Species’ Fringe.
During the Festival there is so much going on and everyone is so busy that I normally wait until the end, when everyone is packing up to get more relaxed and happy images of the staff volunteers, and they are generally some of my favourite images of the event.
Just before Festival some of the activities are taken into the Imperial early years nursery, this is always a lovely thing to cover as it’s such a rich environment and backdrop to the fun and messy experiments that draw such great expressions from the youngsters.
Here’s a shot from one of our Festival freelance photographers John Cairns, and it’s absolutely stunning, a great shot from one of the events from the back of the stage in the great hall.
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