Hay Festival Thought Balloons

(Apologies if you’ve received this more than once. I’ve reposted to see whether the image in the WordPress “blog reader list” makes a huge difference to the amount of readers the post receives.)

To first time viewers welcome and I hope you enjoy!

On Saturday evening almost by accident, my family and I experienced some amazing storytelling and music at a place that always inspires the photographer in me.

We live 90 minutes away from Hay On Wye and try to get to the town’s famous literary Festival most years. This weekend we had festival tickets to see the writer of “War Horse”, Michael Morpurgo. They were bought months before because my daughter loves his books and, not checking the details, we thought we’d be spending an enjoyable hour listening to him talk about his writing. Instead we were treated to an unexpected performance of Morpurgo’s “The Mozart Question” complete with string quintet. It was superb!

If you ever get the opportunity to see it then do so. I’d even suggest buying the CD. Especially wonderful for me was that the story is set in one of my favourite places, Venice. If you want to see why I love Venice so much, click here to see how inspiring the city has been for my photography!

Hay Festival Thought Balloon
Hay Festival Thought Balloon

Making “Hay People”

In the past I’ve found the Hay Festival to be a great place to take photographs, but due to my MND I was having to use a mobility scooter to get around the tented village this year. Because of that I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to take any pictures.

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I needn’t have worried. Last weekend we arrived early to hear a talk by the children’s writer Jacqueline Wilson. The festival was thronging, so I took the opportunity to create a series of candid “street” photographs of the Hay Festival audiences – “Hay People”. All of them were taken from the unusual perspective of my mobility scooter.

These are the results. I hope you like them –

pointing man
pointing man
hhmmm...
hhmmm…
stepping out
stepping out
The West and the rest
The West and the Rest
Festival staffer
Festival staffer
reading glasses
reading glasses
lined up
lined up
eyes up
eyes up
family outing
family outing
hard back
hard backed

If you are interested, this is a link to some older Hay Festival pictures that I took in 2012 when I could still wear the soles of my shoes out from walking. It might be interesting to compare them.

I’m a lot more mindful now, partly because of the effort every movement involves, partly because it just makes me happy to be so. I think it’s fair to say (and my wife agrees!) that my newer more mindful photography is a lot more interesting. Hope you agree as well!

Here are some more photos from this year. This time processed as colour images –

Bambi
Bambi
head and shoulders
head and shoulders
no entry
no entry
Hay smile
Hay smile
branching out
branching out
tented village
tented village
book shop reflections
book shop reflections
telling stories
telling stories

For the photographers amongst you, this years pictures were taken with a Ricoh GR compact. The older pictures were taken with a Fuji X100.

I hope you’ve enjoyed them.

Stay mindful and be happy 🙂

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Words and pictures © all rights reserved Miles Pilling

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One comment on “Hay Festival Thought Balloons

  1. Reblogged this on mindful photos and commented:

    Reblogged with a different photo for the WordPress reader. A personal experiment to see whether the first image followers see will get a post the attention it deserves. Sorry if you’ve seen this one before but for first time readers I hope you enjoy!

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