Carifiesta, Montreal

Black and white picture of Carifiesta parade and dancers, Montreal, Canada

Carifiesta Dancers, Montreal

Sorry for the silence – work and a long weekend conspired to divert my attention.  On the plus side, the long weekend was photographically productive (Montreal knows how to cram a visually interesting festival or three into a weekend!), so I have a lot of pictures to share.  This was from Carifiesta, a festival of Caribbean culture culminating in a street parade through the city centre.  I didn’t even know it was on, just happened to wander across the waiting crowds and decided it was worth sticking around to see what happened.  Turned out to be a good decision, the parade was a lot of fun to watch and photograph!

Dancer and Drum Circle, Washington D.C.

Picture of dancer in drum circle, Malcolm X Park (Meridian Hill Park), Washington D.C.

Dancer and Drum Circle, Malcolm X Park, Washington D.C.

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.

Brian the Folksinger, Old Town Alexandria

Picture of Brian the Folksinger playing the electric dulcimer, Old Town Alexandria

Brian the Folksinger and his electric dulcimer, Old Town Alexandria

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!

Yellow House, Old Town Alexandria

Picture of the reflection of a woman going home to yellow house, Old Town, Alexandria

Yellow House, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

For my first snowstorm in DC, I headed out to photograph the Jefferson Memorial; for the second, I wandered the streets of Old Town, Alexandria, looking for interesting scenes and moments in the semi-deserted streets.

Drumming and Dancing, Canberra, Australia

Black and white picture of buskers drumming and lady dancing, Canberra, Australia

Drumming and Dancing, Canberra, Australia

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.