Lost & Found #27: Cuba St Carnival, Wellington 2009
I'd been to a few Carnivals over the years, but decided to duck through the setup / holding area on my way to the main street itself, to see if I could find a few of the performers waiting to go on; this first image was one of the Footnote Dance company, who I'd photographed many times over the years.
The second image was of one of the performers from Empress Stiltdance - who are based in Sydney now, too! I've photographed them a few times in Wellington as well, but usually during a performance, rather than propping themselves up against a wall before embarking on a long parade through the streets of the city. (You've got to be pretty fit to do that, on stilts the whole time!)
Because I wasn't working on the event, just photographing for myself, I'm pretty sure these have never wound up being used anywhere before - so it's nice to finally show them here! It's funny how sometimes the calm before the storm is more interesting than the event itself, at least in terms of photography...