A major part of Richmond, Virginia's unique culture are its festivals. As a kid, walking the seemingly endless trek from parking space to venue, hearing the rhythmic sounds of sticks on buckets resonating amongst the buildings downtown was a sure sign we were getting close!
I have always been fascinated by these bucket drummers. Where do they come from? Is this just a Richmond thing? Do they all know each other? So when given the assignment to explore a subculture and step out of my comfort zone, Bucket Drummers immediately came to mind.
The process was difficult. I had to scour the internet to find just one name, and then it was on to Facebook. After a few missed meetings, late buses and communication breakdowns. I was able to track down a few of them and get some great footage and interviews. These guys exposed me to a life so far removed from my own and I am extremely thankful to have had the opportunity to do this. Every time I've seen them since, they have expressed great gratitude for my time and interest in what they were doing.