Last night I had one of my favourite things- press passes to an event and no crushing deadline. This event was the Festiwal Muzyki Filmowej (the Festival of Film Music), held inside the incredible tinning plant of the Nowa Huta steelworks. Nowa Huta is a whole story of its own, a gargantuan site built under communism and now owned by ArcelorMittal. Have a look at this on Google Maps and see the scale of the plant:
Now then look at the town beside it, which was also built to house the workers. It’s huge, and alternately stunning and very ugly. I’m doing a project there at the moment so more on that another time.
As the crowds were waiting to enter the steelworks (to give an idea of the plant’s scale, buses were on hand to take them from the main gate to the hall), two ladies from RMF Classic, a radio station which is one of the major sponsors, were on hand dressed like severe airline hostesses to greet the crowds as they came in.
My excuse for attending the festival was under the auspices of photographing for the Off Plus Camera festival. Also along for the ride were three festival volunteers, including Ela.
The only slight problem I had with the festival was that the photographers were confined to a box 30 yards back from the stage and forbidden from moving. This seemed a little strong until the music started, when they began to talk loudly, elbow and jostle and generally be a pain. However, as somebody who is a) generally skint and b) not primarily a press photographer, my longest lens is a 70mm, which most photographers will tell you is pretty much redundant for photographing people a long way away. So the rest of the photographing window (the first 30mins of the music) went pretty much like this:
The music was spectacular and the surroundings strangely fitting. I should be going again on Saturday and will try to scrounge a long lens before that. Lets hope I can get a bit more regular with my postings too.