Opal was commissioned by Leeds Inspired to cover their year long celebration for Leeds West Indian Carnivals 50th Anniversary. The project was full of colour and happiness as 4 specially commissioned headdresses toured Leeds for members of the public to wear and get a slice of Carnival fever.
We documented the project as the portable portrait studio popped up around the city, heading to shopping centres, community groups and leisure centres. To give the audience a better understanding of what this project was about and everything that went into it we interviewed some of the key members; including some of the headdress designers and people who have Carnival in their blood after being part of it for so many years. It was touching to hear from people whose passion for Carnival will never die; and to hear more about why Carnival exists in a historical sense, the true meaning that brought us the bright and colourful parade we see every year.
Seeing the look on peoples faces transform as they put on a headpiece was incredible. How can you not smile when you’ve got a magnificent feathered crown on your head? Each day of filming brought laughter, smiles and glitter, it was a truly amazing project to be part of.