This week has been unique in lots of different ways but rewarding nonetheless and as you’ll see in the blog, there seems to be a pattern emerging between endeavour and reward. I’ve dedicated this weeks blog to A Berlin Kabaret (The german spelling before I’m directed to Dr Johnson’s book) and the dancers from the Cheekettes in front of Brighton Pier, but actually, this Blog is dedicated to showtime in general.
On Saturday I was lucky enough to meet and photograph the Cheekettes who were helping to promote their dance leader’s new show, "Memoirs of a Slutsky" which by all accounts is destined for an Argus Angel. The theme was polkadot, the setting was Brighton and the backdrop on a sunny windy day? The iconic Brighton Pier of course. With quite a crowd of onlookers gathering on the boardwalk, they seemed to come alive and switch into performance mode instinctively and the pictures took themselves really. The retro look and feel of the outfits and poses with the pier in the background created some really great images.
Then on Tuesday I switched to the opening night “A Berlin Kabaret" at the Warren. A completely different experience but a fantastic high energy show with some really poignant messages from the pre and post war era Europe. From a photographers perspective, photographing performers in black, against an often black background in low light is not ideal but an interesting challenge nonetheless and a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I’m hoping that they like the images I captured. I particularly like the menacing pose of the four performers displaying the word “Solidarity” and the message it conveyed.
So aside from some colourful and poignant performances what is the point of this week’s blog? Well I suppose that actually it’s all about achieving something through endeavour. Both of these shoots very nearly didn’t happen on my own personal health grounds and maybe I should take the hint! The shots on Brighton beach were taken whilst experiencing extreme back pain and the Kabaret shoot was taken whilst having earlier in the day had a temperature of 104. Foolhardy some would say but before I thought of picking up the phone to say I couldn’t make it, I thought of the commitment the performers had made to their audiences and how they were now relying on my commitment. In both cases, the shoots actually gave me a huge lift and if I hadn’t completed them, I would have forever regretted being able to capture such wonderful images. So this week my message would be that you don’t achieve anything without endeavour and commitment. Which leads me nicely onto next weeks blog.......