Little Girl Big Picture
Austin's youngest music photographer captures new side of the festival experience
A very young photographer on the scene at Fun Fun Fun Fest put a new perspective on things this year. Six-year-old Ryder Blue Cavazos, daughter of Austin music photographer and CultureMap contributor Daniel Cavazos, joined her father on the scene to capture her unique point of view.
"I like my pictures, and I feel good when I see them," says Ryder Cavazos.
"I think it's really eye-opening to see what she's taking in at the festivals by looking at her photos," says Mary Ellen Henderson, Ryder's mother. "We think of it more as this music experience, but she's taking in the way people are dressed, what they're doing, and all these little details that we rarely ever notice."
Ryder's gallery includes scene-setting photos — someone riding a mechanical bull, a police officer on a bike — and other details we normally overlook — the Shiner Bock Ram for instance. She also captures a couple of bands, including Run the Jewels. "The rappers were good because they were loud. And I really liked the silly dance he [Killer Mike] did. He looked funny when he danced," Ryder says.
Fun Fun Fun Fest isn't Ryder's first foray into music photography. The budding photographer has shadowed her father at events across town including Austin City Limits Music Festival and a recent Fitz and the Tantrums show at Stubbs. "The quality time we share is irreplaceable," explains Daniel. "Photography is an activity that is unique to the two of us ... It's really warming to see how my photography friends and even strangers treat her with respect in the pit and make her feel comfortable."
"I'm pretty shy with Daddy's friends," she explains about shooting at the festival. "I guess sometimes I get embarrassed to take pictures, but then Daddy tells me to and I get interested because that's why I'm there, so I get interested. The more pictures I take, the more I get into [it] and I'm not embarrassed anymore. I like my pictures, and I feel good when I see them."
View Ryder Cavazos' full gallery from Fun Fun Fun Fest above.