22 Days Until Newport Folk Festival 2015. Getting To The Root of It All.

This image was created during Newport Folk Festival 2011.  This was the first year of what was dubbed The Paste Magazine Ruins Sessions.  Paste Magazine had set up a small recording area in one of the old living quarters of the fort.  It wasn't anything fancy.  A few mics, a couple cameras, and amazing natural light.  Artists were scheduled throughout the day to play two or three songs of their choosing.   As a photographer and music lover it was like hitting the lottery.

In this image are two of the founding members of The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemings & Rhiannon Giddens.  This session was like going for a ride on a musical time machine.  Simply magical to witness and hard to explain in words.  

To interpret the music and feel of the moment I surely wasn't picking up my digital camera.  I opted instead for my Holga toy camera.  It's a thirty dollar camera that shoots medium format film in square format.  I shot some high speed black and white for this image.  The result was exactly what I was looking to create.  

Carolina Chocolate Drops circa 2011 

Carolina Chocolate Drops circa 2011 

Watch the video of the performance the image was created during :