Feature Post: Bonnaroo by Brighton Kilgore


Week after week, we really are amazed and inspired when we see all the different places, people and things you all capture with your Polaroid cameras. It’s great to see that so many people, young and old, embrace the instant film medium. Recently on Instagram, we discovered a post by Brighton Kilgore – a photo of his Polaroid 600 and a set of Impossible Color 600 film photos he took at Bonnaroo. We decided to get in touch with Brighton because a music festival and instant film just seem like a great pairing. Brighton from Asheville, North Carolina, so kindly shared over his set of fun photos from Bonnaroo along with a little bit of background about the set and what he’s learned along the way.  Below, you can follow and find more of Brighton’s work. Thanks for sharing with us, Brighton!

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This last year has been a complete year of exploration, trial, and error with my Polaroid sun 600. I bought it used from this sweet old lady in Spokane, Washington last October before moving to Asheville, North Carolina. I’ve always been interested by instant cameras and film and it’s become something I’m really passionate about.

One of my first project ideas from even before I had my camera, was to use it for photographing live bands and music. Live shows have a draw to me, and being able to capture one moment from that shared experience seems to have a magical quality.

I’ve also learned how difficult that actually is to do.
Most of my photographs from shows are almost always too dark, develop poorly, or I encounter a bad pack of film or unexpected flash problem. However the photograph turns out, I still enjoy that moment and laugh at how I can look at a half developed blur and know what it actually represents. I’ve also learned lighting is everything along with steady hands.

Bonnaroo offered a musical and photographic experience for me in more ways than I could have guessed. Four days of jam-packed shows by your favourite bands and artists with thousands of people all as ecstatic as you are about it! So good. I was stoked to have the opportunity to take these photos!

Of the shows I photographed, the first was Strand of Oaks.
They filled the air with energy and sound, it was a raw and heartfelt show.
I took one photograph, after it had started developing I noticed it was fairly blurry. I normally don’t take more than one photo that soon apart, but felt like I should try another. That one turned out a bit blurry also, sometimes that’s the case!

Ben Folds & Y Music were nothing but musical brilliance. Ben Folds played the audience like an instrument.

I never would have imagined that I’d see Earth, Wind, and Fire during my lifetime. Hearing ‘Boogie Wonderland’ live, watching them high kick cymbals, groove around the stage, and unexpected freestyles from Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper made it an unforgettable show.

The Kalliope Stage kept the music going. Art cars, like the massive glowing Beetle kept the night glowing.

Tyler Joseph, of Twenty One Pilots after finishing a song and climbing up the lighting tower.

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