Joshua Taylor and photographer Eric Nopanen braved the oppressive Florida heat to take you on a tour of Connection Fest 2016, held at Metropolitan Park on July 23rd. Check out the photo essay after the jump!
Young, attractive festival goers dominated the attendees this year, in stark contrast to Rockville's muddy mayhem chic
Despite the weather, audience response was always passionate
Fans enjoyed acts on a temporary main stage erected in front of the crumbling Metropolitan Park stage
Locals Frank Anderton and Stone Schaefer take in the midday crowds
VIP tents near the main stage provided the crowd with shelter, table seating, a full bar, and even a complimentary photobooth
The fashion among the attendees was diverse, with everything from suburban mom to Burning Man represented
A homemade jewelry booth proved a popular vendor for the Connection Fest marketplace
Fans crossing the festival grounds in anticipation of an upcoming Wu Tang Clan set
Even at the smaller stages, crowd size remained impressive. Local acts such as Speaking Cursive and Whole Wheat Bread played to large numbers.
Eric Nopanen is a Florida native residing in Jacksonville Beach. He began his photography career while traveling abroad after college. Eric's professional endeavors are varied, and include corporate and product photography, music videos, and event coverage, with a personal portfolio consisting mainly of still and video portraiture. For more of his imagery, check him out on Instagram (@rexcuando).
text joshua taylor
photos eric nopanen
PAGE 1: Against Me! and Taking Back Sunday
PAGE 2: Whole Wheat Bread and Wu Tang Clan
PAGE 3: The Crowd