Have you ever received a high-five from a stranger under the Bonnaroo arch in the middle of sweltering hot Tennessee? It’s pretty special.

A Bonnaroo weekend is made up of little, albeit spectacular moments like this. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to experience these moments up close. Part of me sometimes questions whether I am fully experiencing Bonnaroo if I am behind a lens most of the time, however I have come to realize that it allows me to zero in on smaller, more missable moments. The camera and my assignments prompt me to look more closely at the emotions, interactions, experiences, and unity of Bonnaroovians.

I hope I have conveyed some of those themes through these photos.

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Each year, my friends ask what my favorite performance was and I usually take about 30 minutes to decide. This year was easy though.

Leon Bridges. Hands down.

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A close second would be Joseph (look them up for some beautifully eerie harmonies).

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Third was a three- way tie between The London Souls, Lord Huron, and Macklemore.

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Other awesome performances include Polly A:

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Griz:

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Ellie Goulding:

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CHVRCHES:

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Lolawolf:

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Doe Paoro:

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Korey Dane:

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Twin Peaks:

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I could keep going but you get the idea.

While I’m glad to be home, I can’t help but miss running from tent to tent, listening to dozens of amazing artists every day.

 

 

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