The 2012 Edition of Calgary's GlobalFest wrapped up on Sunday night with perfect weather and record setting crowds. I worked all six nights as part of the volunteer photography team and I had an absolutely blast doing it. It was a wonderful experience and I welcome the opportunity to jump in and help again next year.
GlobalFest obviously has great fireworks but I think for me it was the people that made it such a special event. From the amazing volunteers to the hard working performers that showed up night after night and poured the heart and soul in to everything they did. I met and chatted with a number of wonderful attendees too. It really is just such a well done, fantastic people event. So much colour and culture! So much to see and do and honestly they could not have asked for better weather. It was awesome.
It would be quite hard to pick just one people photo from six days worth of shooting but this shot of the belly dancers is certainly one of my favourites from the event. I loved their costumes, the colours and the detail but most of all I really appreciated how much fun these ladies were having performing. The music and their attitudes were infectious.
And, GlobalFest has fireworks. They were amazing and some of the best I have ever seen. Again, it would be challenging to pick just one favourite but I really did like this one particular shot that I took on the second night during the Mexican display. I love it because of the context of the crowd and surrounding water and buildings. I love how everything is illuminated from this amazing burst of light.
It was such an incredible event and wonderful experience that I am already looking forward to doing it all over again next year.