Summer Streets Festival

Hey everyone,

At the beginning of July I saw an advert from Cultural springs asking for an assistant filmmaker for there upcoming family festival in Sunderland, I though it was an amazing opportunity as well as great fun, so I sent my CV with a cover letter to my uni and the company. A few weeks passed and Id heard nothing so just assumed I hadn’t got the job. Until I received an email early on in the week of the weekend it was scheduled for, congratulating me on getting the job. So after quickly ringing work and asking for the weekend off, I replied to the email asking for further details on the event.

Myself and another girl which had been chosen were assisting the filmmaker Robin, on a short film of the even, as well as stills for their flicker and website, and a few voxpop type interviews from members of the public about their thoughts of the event and if they think there should be more like it around sunderland.

On arrival at the place, we were taken to what would be the equivalent of back stage, well technically it was a tent behind the main stage, but it was for all the volunteers and workers as well as the actual acts, either way it made me feel really important and professional. There was cute little pack lunches for all the volunteers as well as tea, coffee and snacks for everyone to enjoy. After finding out what they wanted us to to and getting all our equipment sorted we heading up to a local primary school which is where the streets parade was starting and travelling around the town befogging hearing to the main park. I was using a handheld DJI Cosmo which was the coolest piece of filming equipment Ive ever seen! It’s basically a small circular camera on a stick that around depending on what you tell it do do and where to look. The images that were being recorded showed up on your phone so I could walk along recording the parade from a birds eye view while still being able to see what I’m filming and walk forward. I got some great shots and it was loads of fun.

After we were back at the main park to film the rest of the day I was given a small camera to focus on taking mainly stills of all the acts and crowd shots. I also helped out Robin recording voxpops, while he filmed, I recorded the sound. It was quite scary approaching random members of the public and asking them if they would participate but it helped me build confidence as I’ll need to be able to do these things if I ever become a photographer etc.

The second day, we had a bit more free reign as to what we could do since Robin was a bit late turning up so me and the other girl filmed and photographed a few of the acts together and then we all kept together and did a bit of everything for the rest of the day. There was a great group of children from a young age to maybe 20’s that were dancing, which were really good, as well as a few singers. My favourite act of the weekend would definitely be the New York Brass Band, they were a brass band that played modern songs and were generally very jazzy.

Cultural springs had asked us to cover certain acts more than others and for the images to be festival like e.g. tilted, which I wasn’t a fan of as it doesn’t come naturally to me to take pictures of a weird angle, but some of them actually look pretty good. Unfortunately I don’t have any of tho footage from the weekend and I can’t seem to find the finished video on their website, but if your interested in the event keep checking the cultural springs website and hopefully  it will appear soon. However I do have some stills so heres a collection of photos from over the weekend.


Trip to London

Hey Everyone,

Sorry I haven’t been posting much, I’ve had a lot on recently, but hopefully now I’m move into my new flat and starting back at uni soon I should have some more time to post.

A few weeks ago, maybe more like a month ago, me and my mum packed up our car and drove nearly 6 hours down to London to visit family. The plan for the trip was to have a nice catch up with some of the family we hadn’t seen in a while and go for a nice relaxing night at a spa, which was amazing!

The first full day we had before going to the spa, most of the family was working which meant me and my mum where at a bit of a loss what to do. Since my mum used to live in London, and hasn’t seen the city for a good few years and I have only really been when I was younger we thought it would be a great opportunity to be tourists for a day. We bough an all day tube and train ticket and off we went, luckily my mum had a pretty good memory of how to get around, so we didn’t really get lost. Naturally I took my camera with me and took some photos. We though the first good touristy place that would also be good for photos would be Tower Bridge, with the Shard just opposite and a lovely river walk with some interesting lamp posts to photograph.





After walking up the river and back again, my mum remembered that St Pauls Cathedral would be a good place to take pictures of. So with her vague memory or where to go and google maps, we shortly arrived there, where I had loads of fun testing out my newish lens with being able to zoom right in to the top of the Cathedral, and theres was some pretty street art for the BFG.

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After a quick lunch break, we decided to head up to Camden, to take a look around the market. We were pleasantly surprised with the amazing wall art on the front of the shops, I can certainly say its like nothing I’d seen before, so there was another fun thing to photograph apart from all the people walking infant of my camera. Further down the street we found a small lock and canal with a canal boat passing through, which was interesting to watch since they had to let the water drain and then fill back up, but it took quite a while so I got bored and just took pictures of random things around me to pass time until it got moving again.

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After we’d finished looking around the market we heading back to the tube station and up to covent garden, where unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures as it was mainly shops and street performers, which we didn’t watch for very long as we wanted to wonder about and get food.

We had some tea and then headed back to my family’s house that we were staying in. The rest of my trip in London I was at a spa so of course I didn’t really take and pictures, but the experience was fantastic. It was the first spa I’d been to and I loved just walking around in a robe and slippers, although it did feel a bit weird. I went swimming and in the steam room which was an experience, but the next day I had a facial which I didn’t realise consisted of a massage too, it was so relaxing and my skin felt amazing for the next few days. I’d definitely recommend going to a spa even if its just for a day rather than an over night stay, it’s a great way to relax and destress as well as spend some quality time with the person or people you go with.

If you liked any of my photos or are interested in getting in touch with me feel free to leave a comment or contact my through any of my social media accounts. Maybe show a friend who likes photography or someone who’s thinking about visiting London soon 🙂