I probably should have written my Dickens on the Strand post the night I got back even if my pictures weren't ready because I'm not quite as exhilarated as I was that night. The next day was when I was walloped with what I now think was a massive allergy attack. Maybe being out all day aggravated them, but I'll pretend otherwise or I might be hesitant to return next year.
It was a last minute decision to head out to Dickens on the Strand after hearing about it for years, and I'm so glad I went. I realized while I was walking around watching the people, looking at the craft booths and food vendors that I like festivals. I like going to festivals. It makes me feel like I am out and about doing something interesting, taking part in the coolness of my city. Some people may find festivals cheesy, but they fit me to a T.
The first thing that struck me was how many people were in costume. I thought it would just be the performers, but it was a large majority of the festival goers as well. Amazing considering how warm it was and how many layers of clothing they wore in Victorian times.
One of my favorite areas was the Texas Brigade. You almost couldn't help seeing the photos in sepia/black and white.
One of the interesting things about this festival is that so many people were in costumes and they expected to have their picture taken. I wasn't self conscious about taking people shots which I normally shy away from. The street performers and musicians were another favorite target.
Next time I feel like I'll have a better handle on what to expect and won't feel like my eyes are popping out of my head. You can see the bigger versions of these shots in this Flickr set and my favorites all this week at the photoblog.