Genesis Carnival Company were celebrating 30 years at the Notting Hill Carnival this year.
“Genesis Carnival Company was established in 1980 by Vernon ‘Fellows’ Williams. Vernon Williams was also a founder member of the Notting Hill Carnival in 1964 when he and a group of fellow musicians left the Colherne Pub in Earl’s Court and played music in the streets along Ladbroke Grove and Acklam Road with a large following of people dancing in the streets. This was the foundation of what the carnival street parade is today.”
The theme this year was ‘Cyber Tribe’ and the costumes were incredible as were the masqueraders (I definitely never thought I would see Jenny Cumming dressed like this!). I felt really privileged to be on board as the photographer and had a great time. From the fried dumplings and salt-fish breakfast through to the mass dance to Cameo’s “Candy’ in Ladbroke Grove in the evening, I enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks to everyone who made me feel part of the family especially Symone who has led Genesis since her father Vernon passed away in 2002. The large puppet dressed in black ‘The King’ was modeled on her father and was worn/operated by her brother Kevin.
See the full set here