Thursday, January 9, 2014

Woodfordia


Hello and Happy New Year!

I had a lovely festive season and went off the digital radar for a while which was good for me! We went to a festival in QLD called Woodford

The land of Woodfordia, a seriously magical place full of wonderful people. An escape from the real world it was a haven of folk music, comedy, craft and some crazy style! It was a unique and ''utopian'' experience that I would highly recommend to anyone. I heard someone describe Woodford as a state of mind and I agree. Anyone who has been will know what I mean..

To every question the answer is ''Well it is Woodford’’. No outfit is too much or no fairy wing too big. All walks and types of life together having a bloody good time. The real world doesn't exist once inside Woodford, no one cares what you do for a living or how big your house is or how much you earn... If only the real world could be a bit more like Woodford. We could all learn a little from the people of Woodfordia.

There were some stand out moments for me, including when a complete stranger turned to me in a toilet queue to tell me she was proposing to her girlfriend that night [New Year’s Eve] and she showed me the ring and told me she hadn’t shown anyone else! Another was a 3 minutes silence at 11.30 on New Year’s Eve to say goodbye to the year that has passed and get ready to welcome in the one. It sounds very corny but it was really magical, total silence with a bunch of strangers all thinking about one thing or perhaps thinking about absolutely nothing. Also sitting in pouring rain inside a poncho watching Clare Bowditch with thunder and lightning bolts harassing the sky was fairly epic and also fairly breathtaking.

My stand out gig was a set of 6 female solo artists, called Ladies of the Canyon. They each did their favourite Joni Mitchell song! Being a huge Joni fan this was just awesome, 6 very different takes on Joni and each was amazing in their own way. I ended up going to see most of them at their own gigs with my favourite being Australian artist Ange Takats and Canadian artist Rose Cousins. Look them up, incredible beautiful voices and quirk funny women. Ange Takats also has a book called ‘The Buffalo Funeral’ which I bought and already read, it’s about her time in Bangkok as a foreign correspondent and it is a very funny and inspiring read. She has some great stories and writes in a way that invites you in and feels like you were there too.

I have no digital photos as I only took old style film which I have had developed, the below are a few snippets of the magical world of Woodfordia. It actually made me think differently about what we take photos of, well certainly me as I snap all sorts of things. It made me stop and think, is this worth a photograph? Does this image capture something special? It was a great project.

Also they have a theme each year, this year Monsters were the main event.. They would be wandering around the streets and in parades but you must remember not to let them into your heart...







 



So here's to 2014!

Be fabulous, be happy people.

xx

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