Liverpool Psych Fest – or, to give it its proper name, Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia – was on in the Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool on 23 and 24 September this year.

Two friends of mine were running one of the food outlets at the festival and they asked me to come along and get some photos of them working and of some of their dishes.

My first foray into food photography!

A closeup of some onion bhajis with chopped spring onions and coriander and slices of chilli on top

 

The Artisan Brothers

The Artisan Brothers is the name my friends go by, and they wanted some photos of them at work in their food van as well as some of their dishes that they could use on social media and their website.

Their next gig was to be the Liverpool Psych Fest, so along I went, camera in hand.

Most of the photography was documentary in nature, except for a few where I took more carefully considered shots of the food itself.

It was a lot of fun, not only because I love taking environmental portraiture, but also because it was a very social affair and there were lots of interesting people coming up to the van for food.

Here’s a handful of the photos from the session …

Two men leaning out of the hatch of a food van talking to another man the other side of the hatch Two men leaning out of the hatch of a food van talking to another man the other side of the hatch
A portion of fries with toppings such as spring onions, hot sauce and blue-cheese sauce, in a shallow, rectangular tray A portion of fries with toppings such as spring onions, hot sauce and blue-cheese sauce, in a shallow, rectangular tray
A woman with her finger in her mouth, tasting some hot sauce A woman with her finger in her mouth, tasting some hot sauce
A man in an apron leaning against a fridge drinking from a can A man in an apron leaning against a fridge drinking from a can
A hand holding a rectangular tray of chicken wings with hot sauce and fries. Blue-cheese sauce is being squeeze over the top of it A hand holding a rectangular tray of chicken wings with hot sauce and fries. Blue-cheese sauce is being squeeze over the top of it
A man in a food van, wearing an apron, holding a shallow tray which he's about to put food into A man in a food van, wearing an apron, holding a shallow tray which he's about to put food into

 

There were several other food vendors at the festival; however, one in particular caught my eye – Little Furnace Wood Fired Pizzas. They cook their pizzas in an open wood-fired oven, and it looked fab. They were certainly the most fun of the food vendors I found to stop and snap a quick pic of.

A red wood-fired oven, open at the front, with a pizza cooking inside

A man putting a pizza into a wood-fired oven

 

The Liverpool Psych Fest itself

Of course, I was at a music festival – a niche festival at that – and I couldn’t pass up the chance to have a wander around during quiet moments at the food van.

The festival was full of wonderfully interesting people as well as as whole host of psychedelic bands.

Here’s a selection of my favourite photos from the weekend …

Silhouettes of two people in a warehouse listening to music Silhouettes of two people in a warehouse listening to music
The bass guitarist from the band Methyl Ethel on stage. He has light shining on his face and the rest of him is in near darkness The bass guitarist from the band Methyl Ethel on stage. He has light shining on his face and the rest of him is in near darkness
The singer and guitarist from Methyl Ethel on stage. He is a silhouette with a backdrop behind him lit up The singer and guitarist from Methyl Ethel on stage. He is a silhouette with a backdrop behind him lit up
A group of people waiting for a band to start playing. They are in near darkness with just parts of their faces lit up A group of people waiting for a band to start playing. They are in near darkness with just parts of their faces lit up
The shadow of a guitar player on a wall The shadow of a guitar player on a wall
People standing at a food van waiting for food. There is a man in a dark jacket and turtle-neck jumper staring past the camera. There is a woman getting something out of her bag, sideways on to the camera People standing at a food van waiting for food. There is a man in a dark jacket and turtle-neck jumper staring past the camera. There is a woman getting something out of her bag, sideways on to the camera
Three men standing in the street talking and drinking. One is talking animatedly, the other two are laughing Three men standing in the street talking and drinking. One is talking animatedly, the other two are laughing
Two women walking down the street wearing sixties-style dresses. One has reflective sunglasses Two women walking down the street wearing sixties-style dresses. One has reflective sunglasses
A man standing alone next to groups of people. He has a beer in his hand and is staring into the distance A man standing alone next to groups of people. He has a beer in his hand and is staring into the distance
A man with a shaved head is carrying a small keyboard and is looking over his shoulder. Next to him is a man looking down at something and smiling. There are people around them as it's a music festival A man with a shaved head is carrying a small keyboard and is looking over his shoulder. Next to him is a man looking down at something and smiling. There are people around them as it's a music festival
Two women talking. One is making an expressive face and is wearing a sixties-style A-line dress. The other has her back to the camera. Two women talking. One is making an expressive face and is wearing a sixties-style A-line dress. The other has her back to the camera.
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