2010 February - Archive
Last night, we photographed the Mardi Gras Ball at the Greenbriar Community Care Center, where many of our senior citizens live. This was a very special event for a lot of them — the King said, “This is the happiest night of my life!”
The “floats” were decorated cardboard boxes that rested on the wheelchairs, and all the walkers had strings of beads handing from every side. The staff of Greenbriar spared no effort in creating a festive atmosphere.
I really enjoy working an event where people are relaxed and having fun.
Our favorite band, the Bayou Liberty Jazz Band, was on hand to provide music. We were expecting 2-4 inches of snow (we were afraid the event might be canceled!) and a short iPhone clip of their tribute to the weather is below.
The Grand Marshal, Ms. Francis, was celebrating her 104th Mardi Gras!
Here is the Bayou Liberty Jazz Band (recorded on my iPhone):
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My theatre photography is almost always about the show. I’m in the audience, watching and capturing the imagery on stage, little more than an audience member. But recently, David Hobby (Mr. Strobist himself), was give a unique opportunity to become part of the show. He was asked to shoot the images that would be projected up on stage during a production of Tennessee Williams’ American classic, The Glass Menagerie.
One of the original devices used in the play is that of projections. They pop up in the set and are keyed to various memories and perception-vs-reality stuff. It happens maybe a dozen times throughout the play, and is sort of like a flashback in a movie. Tennessee Williams was under contract with a film studio when he wrote it, and it may have originally been seen as a movie.
The projections are not always included in modern performances. But to Michael’s credit, he absolutely wanted to try them. So we started working through the process, designing photos to be projected at different moments in the play. The good news: They would be displayed on a 12-foot-wide screen. The bad news is that the height is less than four feet. That’s a pretty stripey aspect ratio, which created some problems to be solved.
Read about his experience here.
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