Saturday, 18 January 2014

Bad Wigs, Rock and Roll, and Everything Elvis

It's that time of the year again when synthetic wigs are dusted off, waistlines are reassessed, rhinestones polished and a legend is, once again, resurrected.

Hallejulah!, Elvis had arrived in Parkes once again

Young Elvises
en masse at the Parkes street parade
We spent two days in Parkes, NSW, at the recent Elvis festival, held annually on Elvis's birthday. It was great fun for two days - but we were glad we hadn't booked for the full four days. Watching and photographing in 35+ degree heat, with little or no shade is quite exhausting!
Even though I'm not a diehard Elvis fan (there were plenty of those hanging about Parkes) I still had a good time - the 50s cars were immaculate, the various Elvis incarnations were often very funny, quirky, eccentric, mad - and some were just outright bonkers.  Everything from the street parade to the tribute concert was done with an appreciation and an honesty that was refreshing. Not a lot of flash technology, just good music and plenty of synthetic hair dos. What more could you want? 
On top of all the Elvis memoriabilia (even the Chinese takeaway had an Elvis poster in its window), Parkes is a charming country town, the countryside, all the way up from Orange is beautiful, even the staff manning the cafe at the famous Satellite Dish were dressed to kill as extras to this year's Elvis theme, Kissin Cousins.

For the street portraits I used an EF85mm portrait lens (at f2.8) and fill flash to try to isolate subject from the background and lessen the contrast. The parade shots were mostly shot with an EF70-200mm lens with an EF1.4X Extender, again to try and blur out the busy background.

Large Elvis (with extra beads)
Stars and Stripes Elvis
(at the Parkes street parade)
Awesomely cool suit Elvis
(but not a lot to do with real Elvis as far as I could recall
GI Blues fan (I think) takes the salute
at the Parkes parade
Las Vegas Elvis (the 'Official' Elvis salute)
Junior Elvis rides again 
 in a 50s Caddilac...
Surely these are the Elvis Twins?

Triple Elvis,
(with extra rhinestones)
Vegas style baby....
Local Liberace lookalike,
dressed as Elvis
Boy from Bankstown with rubber Elvis headpiece
Thirsty Elvis
seen at the Pluto Pup van
Elvis tribute performer, Peter Andrew,
in full Vegas rig belting out Guitar Man,
Parkes Leagues Club
Single Mom Elvis fan?
Complete with DIY pink, papier mache Chevvy
Besides the impersonators, most of the fifties cars on show were also part of the Elvis tribute
Yet another Elvis?
Nope, this is Shelvis, a female Elvis impersonator
Two Parkes visitors who were just going along with the Elvis vibe...
Front seat of a 50s Bel Air
50s gas guzzler on show at the Parkes Elvis event
More 50s Elvis-era vehicle details
Pic by Natalie

Another 50s Elvis-era vehicle close up detail.
(Pic by Natalie)
Detroit steel at its best
Pic by Natalie

Another 50s Elvis-era vehicle detail...
Pic by Natalie

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