Every April the village I live in hosts an annual festival to promote traditional Estonian music. Although most of the music is based on folk tradition the festival is very contemporary with its juried competition, showy lights, and big sound and stage.
The festival opening however is a more simple affair usually consisting of an outdoor sing-along at dusk the evening before the main event. The image here reflects both the spirit of the event, of musicians playing in the soft light of the setting sun and the contradictions of our time: a woman in traditional dress filming the musicians on her phone.
Additionally I have some sentimental value attached to this roll of film. Half way through on the 7th frame, the whole winding and shutter mechanism locked up crippling the functionality of my dear Yashica Mat 124. I have several other TLRs to carry on my work with but this one will remain special as it was my entry into medium format photography.
Both the image and the stories surrounding it relate strongly to how we think of traditions of the past the the means by which we capture and record moments of the present. But when the mechanisms and devices with which we record these moments breakdown much of this practice comes into question.