Photography: Picture Editor and Curator
Knowing that I was going to be rebuilding their website, and rather appalled by the dearth of images, I set about turning the situation around. Firstly I started taking photographs. I bought a new Canon PowerShot SX210 (and promptly had to replace it after I dropped it in the sea during a skinny-dipping adventure) and made a nuisance of myself photographing any event I was working at for about the next 4 years. It took a couple of seasons to get into my own stride and be more conscious of what would make a good photograph. I alternated from simply the ‘wallpaper’ of a camping event, the things one ceases to see as features, like the tents, kit, supplies, and vehicles, to the people on the various crews, and then to nature itself.
Secondly I started to be more formal in recruiting Festival photographers. This was a job that had fallen to me by default. I started to insist on seeing a portfolio before I agreed to take someone on, whilst discouraging colleagues from recruiting friends, or more often friends of friends. Many of these people liked the idea of being a photographer, but didn’t actually have a good eye. I also proactively asked people who were know to have taken good photos if we could have copies of their work on licence.
Finally, I set the charity up with several social media accounts. The Buddhafield Flickr account was designed to store and collate the photos I was curating. I would estimate that Flickr displays around half of the photos I’ve actually taken or collected since 2009. I have a fairly consistent aesthetic policy both in terms of composition and content, ensuring that all images represent the event, the subject, Buddhafield and Buddhism in a good light.