I am cruising through my ninth month of putting out blog posts at least once per week, & as yet, have not presented any of the professional work I have created for theatrical clients. So here goes, with some of my favourite images from a selection of theatre productions I have photographed in Barcelona over a period of approximately one year.
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An early project I worked on in springtime 2015 was the 'KM.0 Festival' at theatre La Vilella, Poble Sec, Barcelona, a 10 day event that presented evening debates with recognised Catalan stage actors & culminated in the presentation of two shows by Barcelona-based theatre companies Espai En Construcció & Sargantana. I was approachd to cover the whole event which proved to be an intense work schedule; initially shooting night time debates, up to six hours of day time rehearsals in preparation for evening shows, with post-shoot post production workloads keeping me processing through the night & into the following day, in order to provide finished images for next-day online & printed promotional use. The final performances were shot over both nights of the 2nd weekend of the event, all personnel involved being homegrown Catalan talent.
Actors in Debate with Audience
hosted by Elisenda Ribó
Featuring Enric Ases, Miki Espuma, Jordi Milán & Ferran Rañé
A production I've had the privilege to shoot on three occasions is 'Et Vindré A Tapar', performed by three Catalan actresses & a violinist, who also provides organic incidental sounds. The story portrays three woman in post civil war era Catalunya, as they journey towards the mountains in search of one of their husbands who never returned from the conflict.
Below is a selection of images taken from a full dress rehearsal & both indoor & outdoor performances.
Another show I photographed at La Vilella was 'La Plana'. This performance involved seven actresses & actors & came across as being both complex & surreal; though I have to admit to not understanding the dialogue, limited that I am to understanding only English.
The lighting arranagement was thus that some areas of the stage were much less illuminated than others. In post-production, after experimentation, I decided to render the images in three variations: sliver black & white, antique sepia, & colour. This way I was able to maximise the quantity of useable images by optimising the impact of form & contrast.
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