My name is Stu Mayhew and I am an amateur photographing living in Greenwich borough. I am also vice chairman of Greenwich’s Civic Award winning camera club – Aperture Woolwich Photographic Society
Im delighted to say this is now my third year as a GDIF photographer and 2nd as an official blogger. I missed Friday nights curtain raiser Muaré so was chomping at the bit to get along to Greenwich Fair on a perfectly hot, sunny Saturday.
Greenwich was buzzing by 1PM and my first port of call was by the Cutty Sark ship to watch Light The Fuse perform Full Stop. In a mix of dance and physical theatre the three performers took the crowd through what might happen during 24hrs at a bus shelter, from battling mums with prams to raving on the roof. Against the backdrop of Greenwich’s best known landmark it made for some great photography and a big crowd enjoyed the story.
Full Stop by Light the Fuse at GDIF2014; Photo by Stu Mayhew
I moved on into the grounds of the Naval College where I think it really puts the “Festival” into Greenwich and Docklands Festival. Lots here to see but I settled on Frantic by Acrojou. Choreographed around a large wheel like structure the performers combined modern dance theatre with acrobatics in a piece I find hard to put into words but found strangely moving. The performance ended in a shower of rain, thankfully as part of the story, and the soaked dancers took their bows to rapturous applause.
Frantic by Acrojou at GDIF2014; Photo by Stu Mayhew
For my 3rd show of the afternoon I made my way through the crowds back into Cutty Sarks Gardens where artist Joan Català was performing Pelat. Having literally roped in 4 members of the audience to assist him raise a pole using 4 ropes. Instructions came solely by shouting the single word “Huuut” in varying degrees of volume and pitch. Everyone seemed to understand perfectly what to do in what was a hugely entertain piece of almost circus – the children in the audience were transfixed as Joan finally managed to make it to the top of the hoisted pole. Great fun
Pelat by Joan Catala at GDIF2014; Photo by Stu Mayhew
I will return to tell tales from the rest of my day at the Greenwich Fair