Way back in February, I spent a wintery afternoon working with folk quartet Kismet at Iffley Church. The remit was to create images which spoke of abundance, and we spent a lovely time creating a stunning mandala using cross sections of fruit, on the church floor. The images which have been subsequently used by Kismet in their publicity material, and in The Oxford Times, don’t feature any fruit as it happens, but I’m sure you’ll be glad to know it was very tasty – if only all my sessions culminated in a fruit binge on a cold church floor, with the sound of laughter and friendship echoing around the room. A great gang to spend time with.
Kismet make beautiful music. ‘Tender songs and passionate uplifting tunes. An exciting ensemble weaving delicate vocal harmonies with a rich variety of instruments.’ They are playing as part of Oxford’s upcoming ‘Kicking the Bucket‘ festival (www.kickingthebucket.co.uk), which began with an open morning at Helen & Douglas House, and runs into November; much anticipated highlights include a Mexican Mariachi Band and dancers at the Four Pillars on October 26th. See the website for details and tickets.
The festival organiser is Liz Rothschild, who runs Westmill Woodland Burial Site (www.woodlandburialwestmill.co.uk). I did a shoot with Liz over the summer at the burial ground and her beautiful farm, to create images for the festival publicity, so look out for my work on the site – blog post to follow soon. In the meantime, here are a couple from my shoot with the lovely Kismet.