I was invited to cover the inaugural International Guitar Festival, held in July 2008 in New Plymouth – New Zealand. The festival was founded by Garry Sharpe-Young – Venture Taranaki Trust.
The line-up was impressive with rockstars Gilby Clarke (USA), Glenn Hughes (UK), Vernon Reid (USA), Alex Skolnic Trio (USA), Uli Jon Roth (Germany), and Joe Satriani performing.
The New Zealand line-up included Kara Gordon Trio, Gray Barlett, Mathew Marshall Quartet, and Nick Granvill.
It was a week long festival and included performances to educate and inspire guitarists. Jam sessions, guitar clinics, discussion forums and midnight sessions were held throughout Taranaki. Subsequent Festivals were held through to 2010.
Please see here a few of my favourite photographs. I’m a Canon girl and was using an 85 mm f1.2L and a 14 mm f2.8 lens for this occasion, and mostly with an ISO rating at 800.
Muddy Stardust performing at the Guitar Festival 2008.
Muddy Stardust’s shadow during a performance in New Plymouth 2008.