Up Close and Heavy

It’s life experiences that we use to write our narratives. From a trip abroad to a day volunteering for a heartfelt cause, these are the moments that define us. And what better way to reflect on these times than by capturing them through photography. In this ongoing series, we ask staff photographers, attendees and everyone in between to share a favorite image from the Life Is Beautiful festival and how that instance impacted their own story.

I’ve waited almost ten years for an opportunity to see The Heavy, and, not only did I get to see them in 2016, Kelvin Swaby sang a few lines to my girlfriend during “Short Change Hero.”–Joe Tholt, festival photographer

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