The thing about film is that it’s not always in chronological order. You might end up with a roll of film that isn’t ready to be developed until months later because you haven’t finished the roll yet, as was the case with these G-Fest photos. I had forgotten about these or just thought they ended up missing from when I backed up my photos and switched computers. It was a nice little surprise and fun to go through these again. I think I’m going to need to take another trip out there. This was particularly fun because I became interested in photography mainly from street photographers, and Annie Leibovitz’ Rolling Stone Magazine covers, i.e. the John Lennon, and Yoko Ono portrait that was taken 5 hours before he was killed.
I have never been comfortable taking photos of people, I like candid photos, but I feel it’s kind of an invasion of their privacy. I talked to a street photographer about it once and he said the key is to shoot the photos to where the person is presented with dignity. This is a hard thing to do. I also hate posing people, maybe if I was good at it I wouldn’t, but I’m not. What I like about Annie Leibovitz is that her portraits feel very honest even though they’re staged, also a hard thing to do. Godzilla-Fest presented a unique opportunity though. I think that people are at their best when they’re doing what they love. These superfans might be in “silly” costumes, but they took a lot of effort and went all out. You can argue with me all you want, but I think there is a certain grace about them, and they didn’t mind me taking their photos either.