I recently met up with a friend at Malcolm X Park, to see (and photograph) the regular drum circle held by locals every Sunday evening. Both the drum circle and the park more generally were full of interesting characters, not to mention a really fun atmosphere – highly recommended as a place to spend a Sunday afternoon.
I was out and about wandering around Old Town Alexandria when I came across Brian the Folksinger busking with his electric dulcimer. I stopped and chatted with him for a while (he played me ‘Waltzing Matilda’ on his dulcimer), and as we talked he was gracious enough to not mind me weaving around and taking pictures, trying to get the right light and moment. Thank you for your patience with the crazy photographer, Brian!
One of the most interesting parts of watching the buskers at Covent Garden is the way they drum up crowds for their performances – the ebb and flow of the crowd means each act starts from nothing, trying to attract the attention of passers-by long enough to build an audience, but careful to not to give too much away until the crowd has reached critical (and profitable) mass.
One of the reasons I love photographing buskers and street performers is the audience reactions, or in this case, participation. This drumming group was entertaining the crowd at the National Multicultural Festival, when a lady in the audience decided to kick off her shoes and dance, much to the delight of both the drummers and the audience.
If you are interested, you can see more pictures of buskers and street performers on Journey Photographic here.
A Fire Twirler performs at the 2012 National Folk Festival in Canberra, Australia. Looking at this, it occurs to me that my love of photographing dramatically lit performers against dark backgrounds isn’t just limited to flamenco…