I present to you, another one of Brooklyn’s amazing festivals, LocFest. This festival is one that focuses on natural hair and the celebration of it, but in the form of locs. Locs are a cultural tradition and practice amongst the African Diaspora. Their styles are varied almost as much as the very people who don them. This particular celebration focuses on the loc culture and how it brings those within the diaspora together.
As all festivals seem to do, LocFest takes place in Commodore Barry Park. This park is huge in terms of size, but for this event, only one section was used. This section consists of a variety of vendors located in a long row, with a clear green field behind them for those to sit on while watching performances and discussions on the center stage. The layout is very easy to navigate. I found myself looking to capture candid sales moments as well as on stage energy.
Discussion panels tackling the subject of hair car and its importance, multiple fashions shows, and dance performances are a big part of the festival. In order to gain the full experience you must both listen and take in the visuals that accompany the moment. There are a great deal of unique concepts shown during LocFest. This helps maintain a level of excitement throughout the event. Taking into consideration my images, you will notice how many unique people and looks I capture. The event ran through until the evening time as the sun completely sets. None of this slowed down the momentum of the event. It would seem that this only helped fuel the excitement of the attendees.
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