"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence." ~ Ansel Adams

August 31, 2011

Last Day of Peninsula Festival 2011

Daca ar fi sa fac un top al serilor in care m-am distrat cel mai bine la Peninsula anul acesta ar fi cam asa: Locul I: ziua 2 cu concertul celor de la Kasabian; Locul II: ziua 4 cu concertul Hammerfall si Within Temptation; Locul III: ziua 3 cu Iggy and The Stooges; Locul IV: ziua 1 cu Guano Apes. Toate au fost zile obositoare, pline de rock, bere, fotografii, rasete, dat din cap, prieteni si din nefericire, buntzi buntzi. La fiecare pauza de cateva secunde intre melodiile trupelor rock care ne-au delectat urechile pe Tuborg Main Stage, timpanele noastre erau violate de ritmurile buntzi buntzi care veneau din cortul din apropiere unde se desfasurau “dejeurile”. Sper ca la anul sa se schimbe ceva in privinta aceasta, pentru ca fanii rockului nu sunt singurii care s-au plans de acest aspect, ci si artistii care au urcat pe Main Stage.

If I were to make a top of the days when I had the most fun at the Peninsula Festival it would be like this: 1st place: day 2 with the Kasabian concert; 2nd place: day 4 with Hammerfall and Within Temptation; 3rd place: day 3 with Iggy and The Stooges; 4th place: day 1 with Guano Apes. They were tiresome days, full of rock, beer, photographs, laughter, head banging, friends and, unfortunately, buntzi buntzi ( Romanian way off imitating in a funny way the rhythms of house/trance/whatever you want to call it music ). Every time there was a short pause of a few seconds between the songs of the rock bands that delighted our ears on Tuborg Main Stage, our ear drums were violated by the bass of buntzi buntzi coming from a nearby tent where the “dijays” were unfolding, so to speak. I home this problem will be resolved by next year, the fans of rock music were not the only ones to complain about it, the artists that performed on the Main Stage expressed their disapproval as well.

August 28, 2011

Iggy Pop and The Stooges

Iggy Pop and The Stooges. Agitatie. Urlete. Sarit. Pogo. Praf. Tuse de la praf. Punk. Prietenul meu si-a pierdut aparatul foto in multime. Apoi a gasit aparatul foto. Canon-ul meu era sa fie rupt in doua cand multimea a explodat la inceputul primei melodii. Am simtit lipsa luxului de a putea fi in fata scenei cu ceilalti fotografi. Dar informatia legata de contractele care trebuiau semnate pentru a putea face lucrul acesta a ajuns prea tarziu la mine. Din multime nu am reusit sa fac prea multe fotografii. Era imposibil sat ii camera nemiscata pentru mai mult de doua sau trei milisecunde. Asa ca m-am retras mai spre spatele multimii. Dupa jumatate de concert chiar am renuntat la ideea de a mai face poze. Devenea frustrant, asa ca m-am rezumat la a asculta concertul.
Concertul…. Aveam atatea asteptari. Nu stiu ce a fost, dar la Kasabian imboldul de a sari si dansa a fost cu mult mai puternic. Iggy a fost superb. Plin de energie si mereu interactionand cu publicul. La fel si cei de la The Stooges. Totusi…
In seara asta urmeaza cei de la Hammerfall si Within Temptation. O sa incerc sa ajung si pe la Vunk si Compact.

Iggy Pop and The Stooges. Excitement. Screaming. Jumping. Pogo. Dust. Coughing from the dust. Punk. My boyfriend lost his camera in the crowd. Then he found it. My Canon almost got ripped in two when the people there literally exploded when Iggy Pop came on stage. I felt the lack of not being able to go with the rest of the photographers in front of the stage. But the information regarding the contract that I was supposed to sing for the Iggy Pop concert in order to have access in that zone didn’t reach me in time. Taking pictures among the crowd proved to be almost impossible. I couldn’t hold the camera still for more then two or three milliseconds. So I started making my way towards the back. After the first half of the concert I gave up on the idea of taking some more photographs. It was getting frustrating, so I just listened to the music and that was that.
The concert… I had great expectations. I don’t know what happened, but the urge of jumping and dancing was much stronger at Kasabian. Iggy was amazing. Full of energy and constantly interacting with the fans. The Stooges also. But still…
Tonight I’m going to see Hammerfall and Within Temptation. And I’ll also try to get to Vunk and Compact.