GALLERY: The People of Music Festivals
- By Nick Rhodes
- Published on June 29, 2011
For three years, photographer Casey Gorham has been traveling to festivals all across the country taking pictures of the unique and interesting people that grace the grounds. After taking pictures at Summer Camp, Rothbury, Wakarusa and other major events, Gorham plans to use her vast collection for a documentary project.
Over the next few months, we'll feature some of her photos on Headstash so you can weigh in on her project and send some pictures of your own. Learn more about her project on her personal website.
A note from the photographer:
Music festivals have changed and evolved greatly since they first rose to prominence in the late 1960s. In the last 15 to 20 years, festivals across America have grown in popularity. However, with that popularity, a stigma towards many of the people who attend them has also developed.
When I first began attending festivals five years ago, many people would say things to me like, "Oh, so you're turning into a dirty hippie, now?" or "All those people do is sit around and do drugs."
But we all know that isn't the truth. Sure, festivals may not represent the counterculture in a way they once did, but festivalgoers are just like everyone else and arguably much nicer, kinder and considerate than your average citizen.
When I look around the grounds, I see families, older couples, best friends and most of all, passionate music fans savoring the opportunity to chill outside and listen to their favorite bands.
In fact – and I know you'd all agree – festivals carry vibes I only wish were present in everyday society. It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, dancing along to a Grateful Dead song connects everyone. Most people are super-friendly, agreeable and ready to help at a moment's notice.
My project sets out to do just that – show people that those who attend festivals aren't the bane of society and that they are possibly the best of us.
[Photographs by Casey Gorham.]
Casey Gorham is a freelance photographer working on a Festivals Across America documentary project focusing on the diverse, unique people that make up the festival scene. Check out her personal website to learn more about her project.What do you think of the people who make up the festival scene today?