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Goodfest 2019 from Behind the Lens

Shooting for Change at goodfest

I shot photographs at Goodfest 2019 for festival co-founders, Leap. They worked with Ben Akers and Claire Wilkinson from MadeWith+, and Laura Giles from Cultivator Cornwall to bring the event to life. On the 1st and 2nd Of May, a collection of creative minds came together at the Bedruthan Hotel in Cornwall to speak about one subject – Change. Creating change, being the change, and change for good, all driven by the creative arts towards a sustainable future.

Being in the creative industries for over twenty years (showing my age!), I knew many of the speakers well. I had never heard their full stories though, so there was much to look forward to.

A Spearhead for Change

When Mark Shayler (Pictured top) kicked off the event with his talk, I knew Goodfest was going to be different. He talked of past roles in which he tried to spearhead change within his organisation. He was often met with confrontation, or worse. Unfazed, he continued pushing for change. That’s just who he is. Clearly a man ahead of his time, he set the tone for the event.

Later speakers talked passionately of their own journies to create change. Founders spoke of closing down their own successful companies because it wasn’t what they had envisioned. They forced a positive change because it was the right thing to do for them and the bigger picture.

Mike Coulter brought his Tiny Habits Method to the stage which was inspiring to hear. Mike and I share a love of the ocean and old vintage cameras. It was great to meet him after many failed attempts in the past.

This rich vein of thinking continued throughout the two days. I was lucky enough to be there behind the camera, shooting the entire event as it unfolded. You could say I had the best view of the event. My lens focused on everything, all the time.


Surfers for Change

Wrapping up the event was my friend, and Surfers against Sewage CEO, Hugo Tagholm. I have more than a passing interest in SAS. I’ve supported them since I was a teenager. I shot the first Global Wave Conference a few years back for them, which also took place in Cornwall. Listening to Hugo recap the SAS journey was nothing short of inspirational.

Shooting an event like Goodfest is all about telling the story, from guest arrival, till final speeches. I wanted to capture the abundance of emotions, laughter, seriousness, and flow.

Photography is key to the development of the Goodfest story.
For all you photography buffs, I shot the event using two 5D III bodies and two lenses; an F4 70-200 and an F2.8 24-70. I also shot a few rolls of film with my 1974 Canon AV-1.


More Good(fest) Things to Come

Goodfest is something we want to grow and run year after year. The festival WILL return on 7th and 8th May 2020 with more thought leaders, the Goodfest zine and more creative sustainable zeal than you can shake a stick at. Next year, we want to minimise the environmental impact of producing Goodfest even more.

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Written by Karl Mackie shooting the event with Leap