Capturing Culture with the International Arts & Ideas Festival in New Haven, CT

Updated: Jul 3


Photo captured by Lance Long of LongShots Media

As a child, I would attend these festivals with my family on the Historic New Haven Green. Free concerts, Food Trucks and Vendors was all I seen as I ran freely thru the park with my siblings. Nostalgia began to set in when I arrived the first day of the festival. Seeing the green in all it's glory with the distinct architecture of the surrounding New Haven buildings brought so many fond memories to my mind.



Photo captured by Lance Long of LongShots Media

Photo captured by Lance Long of LongShots Media

This year's International Festival of Arts and Ideas was easily one of the largest events that I have covered working with LongShots Media. The festival ran 2 weeks and was held at multiple locations, including the New Haven Green, Yale Repertory and the Iseman Theaters.



Each day featured panel discussions, art demos and concerts to entertain the thousands of event attendees. Capturing stage and crowd shots was definitely one of the most enjoyable aspects of this shoot.


Photo captured by Lance Long of LongShots Media

Photo captured by Lance Long of LongShots Media

Preparing for the shoot required me to plan for multiple locations and setups. Using my 10 years of live experience, I was able prepare and execute professionally. Ultimately allowing me to capture amazing photos of the event.


Photo captured by Lance Long of LongShots Media

Photo captured by Lance Long of LongShots Media

One of the event highlights, was being able to meet and photograph Ben Haith. Ben was apart of the elder ceremony where elders were honored for their work in the community. He is also the artist who designed the National Juneteenth Flag. Being a humble man with a unique vision for the future, he gave a riveting speech to the New Haven crowd.


Several crowd pleasing concerts included Gregory Porter, a Grammy award winning artist and singer. The queen Evelyn Champagne King and the amazing Las Cafeteras band. Free concerts are a staple of the Historic New Haven Green.

Photo captured by Lance Long of LongShots Media

Overall, this event was one of the most enjoyable events to cover with event photography. The colors, the people and the city created a scene that any event photographer would love to capture.



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