Street Magician by odie ()
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Taken during a stage production of a show my daughter was part of. Here are two teens dancing and portraying the life of a sidewalk artist.
One of my favorite shots (and songs) of the night. Megan sang a duet in the background during the dance.
Image Comments (7)
goodoleboy () 6:52PM | Fri, 07 December 2012
What, no Don't Cry For Me, Argentina? Oh well, I suppose with the sidewalk artist theme it might not be appropriate. Otherwise, excellent everything photographic in this grand foto, Jodie.
anahata.c () 7:47PM | Fri, 07 December 2012
There are few full time theatrical photographers; and the reason, I assume, is basic: It's an extremely challenging and highly specified art, one which many photographers I assume wouldn't want much to do with. Yet your theatrical shots have the intuition/ease of someone who knows the art inside out. The theatrical photographer deals with extreme light and dark, they can't move around much if at all (I assume you have that restriction, at least much of the time), they can't interact with the artists to get better angles, and they are essentially photo-journalists, as they're capturing something as it's happening; in fact they're a specie of action-photographer, because they're mostly shooting people mid-motion or emotion. Still, your theatrical shots have all managed to take active moments and found the iconic: We feel as if we're seeing a timeless moment amidst the activity on stage (activity including changing lights and even scenery). Even your "in between scenes" have had that quality, where the artists' fatigue, relaxation and concentration have come across as if they out-and-out performed those moments for you (which of course they didn't). Well, this has that iconic sense, one of the many timeless moments that theater (and dance) is packed with. And frankly, only one who's lived with theater for a long time could know these moments and know how to capture them. It's composed well too: the darker-hued male surrounded by the scaffolding etc; balanced by the lighter hued female, who needs no backing because of the light on her. And it feels 'irised' too. And I love the shadows on the canvas, etc. Even the luminosity of the blue paint on the male's smock...I know you encourage critical remarks, but the only thing I can say---and this from a photographer who couldn't do your theater 1/100th as well---is that there's a smattering of grain and chromatic aberration (the latter, on some edges), which I say only because you've wanted us to point out problems: But frankly, Jodie, it barely makes a dent, as your moment-capture is so much more powerful than that; and I don't know if it's possible to avoid those quirks without a flagship camera w/ full sensor and glass that would cost the same as a car. (I exaggerate, but I know it's not cheap.) This type of photography is replete with pot-holes, and I don't know how you get such iconic beauty every time you post. You always make your theater shots iconic, as naturally as can be---meaning no artifice or 'forcing' anything: You freeze time without interfering with it in the slightest. And, in the end, you exude true humanity. A beautiful capture, a must full size; and all given a special magic because your daughter is singing in the background...
tennesseecowgirl () 2:37PM | Sun, 09 December 2012
Great shot, now that my daughter has graduated I miss those days of plays and school performances.