Bedford Rowing Club staged their Spring Fours and Small Boats Head on Sunday 10th April. The races take place over a 2km stretch of the River Great Ouse at Bedford and feature crews from across the South East, including Loughborough, Guildford, Stratford and Kent.
The event was blessed with bright sunshine and above average temperatures and presented a wealth of photographic opportunities.
Hertford Museum has been long-listed for a prestigeous ArtFund prize, awarded annually to a museum or gallery for excellence and innovation. This year’s listing is in recognition of the museum’s development project, which was completed last year, following a £1m lottery grant.
Members of the judging panel today visited the museum to see for themselves why it merits inclusion in the list, alongside the British Museum and the V&A.
Chairman of the judging panel, Michael Portillo, was joined by Charlotte Higgins, Chief Arts Writer for The Guardian, and Lars Tharp, ceramics historian and art consultant.
As well as being shown around the museum, the judges were also able to see the museum’s store of items at the nearby Seed Warehouse.
They also saw the work carried out by both paid staff and volunteers, including the restoration and preservation of items in the museum’s collection.
During the Summer I attended a number of local music festivals, including The Westmill Farm Festival, Bramfield Music and Beer Festival and Wilkestock.
I love photographing festivals. When you’re right up at the front the music completely surrounds you and the energy levels are fantastic. It’s great to be able to capture some of that atmosphere and the energy of the musicians.
As well as the performers I also like to focus on the audience. There are some great shots to be had of people enjoying themselves. If they know you’re taking photos of them they will often be keen to let you know just how much fun they’re having!
Most local festivals feature a couple of stages so there is rarely any let-up in the workload. No sooner has one band finished their set on one stage than another starts on the second stage. Often, the smaller stage will feature solo or acoustic acts, who fill in between the main bands.
The long Summer days also ensure that there is plenty of light well into the evening, although as the sun sets, the limitations of the lighting rig can present it’s challenges. This was not an issue at Wilkestock where organisers invested in a highly sophisticated lighting operation.
Luckily the weather was good at for all the festivals, with only The Westmill Farm Festival suffering a couple of torrential downpours, although they were shortlived. The showers however were a gift to the beer tent, where demand increased dramatically.
The Bramfield Music and Beer Festival takes place annually on Bramfield Village Green and is organised by The Grandison.
Westmill Farm Festival takes place over two days at Westmill Farm just north of Ware.
Wilkestock is organised by Tom and Ollie Wilkes and takes place in their back garden at Old Hall, just south of Stevenage.