Fire Performer Photography at Fractalfest: Reflections
STEPHENTOWN, NY – For anyone who knows me, my favorite subject to photograph is fire, and the way people interact with fire. Fractaltribe provided me a unique environment to grow with my fire photography from the first Fractalfest I attended, back in 2015. This year, Fractalfest, provided another unique opportunity for me to indulge a little in more fire photography. This year included portraits of everyday people beneath an art display demonstrating fire as a fluid, or performance artists dancing with fire as part of a story. Standard disclaimer’s apply: fire can hurt or kill you, please treat all fire with respect, do not try this at home, leave fire to the professionals, danger, danger, danger, danger, danger, don’t be stupid, never play with fire, only you can prevent forest fires, seriously, do not attempt, etc, etc!..
STEPHENTOWN, NY – Fractaltribe chose “Reflections” as Fractalfest’s theme this year. How that manifested was up to each individual person’s interpretation. For some, it meant quiet pensive moments away, for others it was the rippling reflection of themselves in a pond, and for others it was the energy of the performers and audience in a feedback loop as if they were in a hall of mirrors reflecting energy back and forth to each other.
As a photographer, for me, “Reflections,” manifested in my every day interactions with people and the side(s) of themselves they revealed to me, candid or aware, that I am allowed to record and then share back with the greater community. This was my third Fractalfest with Fractaltribe, and my second as a full member of Fractaltribe’s Media Team. I have been able to see, document, and share in moments of joy and ecstasy; sometimes I’ve seen people in their darkest moments; shared a community’s pain and grieving; the hope that things, somehow, for the briefest moment, are okay; and have I seen the hard work and dedication of a crew united in their love of what music and art is capable of bringing to the world.
It remains my privilege and honor to be allowed a glimpse into the hidden souls of everyone that I have encountered and to be able to share these images of people who passionately want to be their true selves in a world that desperately tries to resist them.
Thank you, so very much!
Photo Gallery From Day Two of Fractaltribe Presents Fractalfest 2017: Reflections
A Lesson On Respect From Fractaltribe Presents Fractalfest: Reflections and Additional Photos from Friday Evening
Something I’ve noticed about Fractaltribe, as a psytrance crew, that has always stood out to me has been the high level of respect for the land that provides us with our space for Fractalfest. This is not just based on some hippy-dippy notion of “protect the earth” that is embodied in our strict Leave No Trace policy where not only are attendees reminded to take out what came in with them, they are provided with industrial trash bags as they check in so they have one less thing to worry about remembering, and, it is not just based in our no glass policy so the farm remains a safe place for the property owner’s little children to play barefoot. Our respect for the land also extends to the level of noise a festival is capable of producing.
Our stages and general camping areas are set up in the Fractal Forest, hidden away from passers by on RT 22 in Stephentown. Parking is on a different side of the property where vehicles do not add an additional eyesore for the property’s active business.
The most surprising aspect of Fractalfest; however, is something that you cannot see. I was walking on RT 22 to and from Cumberland Farms a quarter of a mile up the road and I was stunned by how quiet the festival really is, especially at night!
Our sound system, brilliantly designed by Sonic Beating, is fine tuned to project most powerfully onto the dance spaces while keeping sound bleed to a minimum for campers, the Fine Art Gallery, and Staff Camping. The sound system is additionally designed to prevent bass from traveling great distances. It can be heard as softly indistinct thumping as from as close as the Ice Cream Stand on property, from where I am currently blogging. Conversation is easy inside the Ice Cream Stand, and on the Mini Golf Course.
I am proud of the way our crew puts such effort into providing a psytrance festival experience for everyone possibly involved with Fractalfest. Without the good will the people of Stephentown, NY, Fractalfest could not exist, and it is something we take great pains to keep a priority.
Photo Gallery of Additional Images at Fractaltribe Presents Fractalfest: Reflections, Day One
STEPHENTOWN, NY – Friday marked Fractalfest 2017: Reflections’ first full day of psychedelic electronic music, art, dancing, psytrance and weirdness. Strange creatures lurked the shadows of Fractal Forest, while children danced with bubbles at the Woods Stage. Anticipation builds for tonight’s revelry under Megan’s ever watchful gaze from the Grassy Knoll Stage!
Photo Gallery of Fractaltribe Presents Fractalfest: Reflections, Day One
Fractaltribe and The Reliquarium Give Operation: Megan a Final Field Test at Fractalfest
1446HRS, STEPHENTOWN, NY – “Operation: Megan,” a build project combining the creativity and effort of Fractaltribe and The Reliquarium, passed her final field-test last night, and she is all-systems GO! Catch Megan lit up and ready for Fractalfest in a short video below, presented by Fractaltribe.
Fractaltribe’s Video Footage of Operation Megan’s Full Test at Fractalfest: Reflections
Megan watches over the Hall of Mirrors in the Fractal Forest, as our silent guardian, come out and play with us on the dance floor.
Opening Ceremony at Fractaltribe Presents Fractalfest: Reflections
STEPHENTOWN, NY – Fractaltribe began Fractalfest: Reflections with a Mayan ritual hosted by April Remee and Pedro de la Rosa. Attendees gave thanks to the Elements symbolized by the four Cardinal Points, to the Sun, and to the Earth with a special blessing for healing and for peace to the Waters. As the Ceremony ended, the clouds cleared, and we were greeted by the Waxing Crescent Moon, also welcomed as a guardian over the Festival.
One of our own Fractilians, Tovia (aka Terraphorm) celebrated a surprise birthday spontaneously organized by Fractaltribe, with cake, sparklers, and a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday!”
In all, a perfect opening ceremony to our 5th annual outdoor psytrance festival, and our 3rd in the Fractal Forest.
Welcome to Fractalfest!
Photo Gallery From Day One of Fractaltribe Presents Fractalfest: Reflections’ Opening Ceremony
Fractaltribe Unleashes S-Range At Secret Psytrance Event
2017-04-29, SECRET FRACTILIAN LAIR, MASSACHUSETTS – Fractaltribe held a secret event featuring S-Range, innovative and experimental psytrance producer from Sweden, at an undisclosed artist space west of Boston as a fund raiser for Fractalfest: Reflections. Fractaltribe Presents: Scorp Glorp also served as to unveil Fractaltribe’s new stage for Fractalfest. An all night event, Scorp Glorp brought our community together in excitement, yet also played a role in remembering members of our community who remain with us in spirit.