An exploration of the annual Jazz Festival in Lithuania.
After staying in Lithuania for part of the summer, I noticed many differences between the small country and America: language, dress, traditions, and etcetera. However, the love for rhythm, music, and dance seems to be universal.
Combining my love for concerts and photojournalism, I decided to document the annual jazz festival at the cruise ship terminal. With my essay, it was my goal to capture the different aspects of the event. The food, the drinks, the performers, and the people dancing all combine together to create the atmosphere of the festival. In my opinion, all of the aspects need to be shown to create a true representation of the weekend.
I also wanted to attempt to capture the spectator’s experience of the festival. People express themselves and react to music differently—some sing, dance, clap to the beat, or some people just prefer to watch silently. Capturing these reactions was very important to me for this series.
For the viewers, it’s my goal to make them smell the food, and feel the beat of the music through the photographs. I want my photos to come alive with the ambiance of festivity; illustrating that no matter what country, the love of festivals and music is worldwide.
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