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Mya and April, Featured Dancers – and I have some fun with a shot

Sep 21, 2019

A recent Rogue Swan rehearsal was concentrated on Mya and April, featured dancers, working on their routine. What with the coffee-shop background, stacked chairs, etc. it could be pretty tricky. The shot above is by far my favorite of Mya, caught mid-spin. That's the pose I want to catch on stage – I'll make a note to myself to work on that during dress rehearsal.

Below I had a hard time choosing between the mid-spin shot of April and a very cropped close-up taken later on after more cast members arrived. So I'm using both.

Below I had a little fun working an earlier rehearsal image that Rogue Swan probably used in closer to its original form. Instead of simply working up a bit of a spotlight effect to help mute the not-ready-for-prime-time background, I gave it the look one gets in a lot of old B&W movies as the image expsnds from blackness in the middle of a horror scene.

You can get your tickets for the October Halloween performances at the Opera House on their web site HERE

Note: the Opera HOuse site is still a little screwy in that multiple performances don’t show up until one clicks on the original posting showing only the opening date. Then both the Friday and Saturday performances show up.


On B&W Photography as a Blog / Project Journal

Like painters, sculptors, potters and other artists, I include folios of my work on the site. The Blog, which I think of as something of a Project Journal, as much for my records as for sharing, shows something of the B&W process. Most of the images that make the Blog, even some images of people that may be given to the subject, will never be included in a folio, exhibit or book. But they all help tell the story – especially with my Havre de Grace project. Another thing it accomplishes is in helping to record how much fun and work (self-inflicted torture) goes into B&W.

Rehearsal and performance shooting expands the story telling role of the B&W, makes it less of a one-man effort, thus increasing the fun. But it both increases the work load considerably, with the need to make more images “ ork", and reduces opportunities for traditional folio work.

This is sort of a natural outlet for someone who, when the kids were grown, put together a hard-bound volume called "The First 50 Years", predominately B&W images of the family as the kids were growing up. Yep, I went there. It’s a large volume, one I consider the very best of my books – of course they each have a copy. While it does include some color snapshots that Nan shot, the B&Ws very much make it "work".

As I mentioned last posting, I am already setting the stage for something to come out of the Havre de Grace project.