This image comes from the dress rehearsal of Alan Ayckbourn’s Taking Steps at Stockport Garrick Theatre.
When it comes to photographing theatre productions, I am always on the lookout for “action moments” like this. The aim is always to enable the viewer of the image to ‘see a story’ in the photograph. Because I was watching the play, I know why these two characters were in these positions, I know why the woman is coming out of a wardrobe and why the young man is hiding behind the door. I don’t expect the viewer of the image to know the answer, but I do expect them to be thinking “why?” And if I can intrigue someone with a publicity image, they might want to book to see the production. And that, after all, is the purpose of Theatre Photography.
You can see the other images from this shoot here: http://photos.imb.biz/garrick/takingsteps
The play is on 8 – 15 September 2018 – More information and tickets from http://www.stockportgarrick.co.uk/
The settings were: 1/160s; f/2.8; ISO 4000. Focal length 70mm on 70-200mm f2.8 lens. The images created in Aperture Priority mode with -2/3EV (stop) exposure compensation.
Image ref: FL0906A-G10752
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