Theatre is a fascinating and compelling experience of endless possibilities.
The light, photography’s raw material, holds a very special place in scenic arts (photography means literally « writing with light » in Greek). The light emerges from darkness. It’s altogether intangible, fragile, vanishing. Focused or out of blur, volume or floating material, it’s a matrix from which everything seems to arise. Light has a powerful interference (Dominique Bruguière in Penser la lumière).
The challenge of the stage photographer is to catch emotions, the energy of the actors, the pureness of the frame, the course of the story-telling, the score of the high and low lights. Among photojournalism, stage photography holds a proper place. It’s a demanding art since the photographer is facing a complex environment. To be dropped at an artistic crossroad of different propositions and interpretations is not the least challenging.
The assignment then is to stick to the soul and spirit of the show and at the same time breathe in a proper view. The stage conception often adds a stunning dimension to the visuel aspect of the theatre and opera images for the greatest joy of the photographer.
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