When we were planning out special sixth year anniversary, with so many unique performances and collaborations happening across the site, we knew we wanted to make sure we captured the events and celebrations for posterity in a way truly befitting the UK’s most unique music, arts and culture festival.
One of the ways we decided to do this, to make sure we captured the true beauty and other worldliness of Festival No.6, was to commission the award-winning Fanatic to capture the weekend on a new film format. Using analogue photography seem a fitting way to try and capture the unique vibe of Portmeirion and Festival No.6.
Photographer Danny North and a number of his team already shoot on film, and Danny has just had two brilliant portraits shot on film accepted in to the National Portrait Gallery, but this was the first time an official team of photographers have ever collaborated on such a project.
Danny explains, “The type of film I use regularly is made by a Californian company called Cinestillfilm. It’s motion picture film reengineered for stills use. It comes in 35mm and they’ve just introduced a 120 format, which is basically 70mm Imax film. We were very lucky to be the first people in the world to get hands on the super low ISO 50D in 120, to use at No.6. The brothers that run Cinestill were visiting the UK the week before the festival and hand delivered a few hundred rolls!
I then took them in to meet the lab who would eventually process the film and a company I use for all my developing and scanning. Bayeux are situated just of Oxford street, and have been incredibly supportive of my work for years, actively helping me with personal work. When I pitched to Bayeux about working with us on this project for developing and scanning; they immediately wanted to be onboard. It’s no often (if ever!?) an official team of photographer collaboratively shoot film for a project.
The process at Festival No.6 was a different beast to shooting digital. Having been to every No.6 from its inception, it was a pleasure to look at it with fresh eyes again. The cliche of film slowing you down is so very true. It forces you into a different perspective, every single shot matters…”
We would like to send a special thanks to Bayeux and Cinestill for believing in this project, it wouldn’t have been possible without their help.