Monday, 8 October 2012

Sesiwn Fawr 2007- Ty Siamas

In 2007 I was involved with the design and installation of Ty Siamas the National Folk Music Centre for Wales in Dolgellau. 
Some of the people behind Ty Siamas were also involved with Sesiwn Fawr, a festival of folk and world music held annually in the streets, pubs and venues of Dolgellau. 
In 2007 I was lucky to be given tickets to the event, but somehow ended up in the Ty Siamas recording studio recording the acts performing in the auditorium there, only managing to catch the last couple of songs in Steve Earles set.
Once the levels on the mixing desk were set I went into the auditorium to take some photos. I used my Olympus E330 at ISO1600 under the stage lights.
Some of these were used in publicity for Ty Siamas, printed up on canvas in the centre and used in the large banner hangings outside, all from 7.5mp!
Sesiwn Fawr started as a small local event, but over the years attracted large international acts eventually getting so large and popular that it took over the whole town for two days. Unfortunately it became so large and popular that policing the event became too expensive (things did get rather rowdy on the Saturday evening!) and 2007 was the last big Sesiwn.

Pigyn Clust

Idris from Pigyn Clust

Micky Spillaine and Paul Dooley

Cowbois Celtaidd
this lot were pissed and stoned and whilst great fun
brought with them a very vocal audience!

Welsh Landscapes

More Olympus E330 photos from my archive.This time some landscapes I took of North Wales.

York Minster Gargoyles

The first DSLR I bought was an Olympus E330, I recently got this camera back after I lent it to my daughter who took it to university for her first year. 
What struck me was how light and compact the Oly is compared to my Canon 5D2 and its lighter than the Leica M8 as well. 
Getting this camera back made me look into my archives to see what it was capable of, I found the photos below of some of the gargoyles on York Minster, I took these with a cheap Sigma 55 - 150mm, I think it was £89, I was impressed when I saw the results.