So the Brighton Fringe is drawing to a close this weekend after 4 weeks of frenetic, high energy and some times exhausting performances, looking back I have to say what a rewarding experience. This was my first Brighton Fringe that I have attended in earnest and the first that I have covered as a photographer.
From the Buzz of Fringe city, to the vibrant Jubilee square, the presence of Tony Benn to the breathtaking circus skills of No Fit State Circus and their new show “Bianco”. I was lucky enough to represent the Fringe this year as one of their photographers and as a result was afforded more access to performers, behind the scenes preparation but also witnessed the huge amount of effort that went into the respective productions. The one thing that struck me however was the huge responsibility to faithfully capture the essence behind each performer in just one picture. After all, this one image for those that have not seen the performance, is their shop window, their product on show, their call to action.
Having spoken to people at the Fringe and spending time with them, the one thing that I understood was the tremendous care and attention that has taken them to four weeks of productions and sometimes just 1 or 2 shows. With this in mind, the enduring point I will take from this experience is to always to respect the care and attention that the performers have put in and at least try and match it with the same. Turning up to a performance without preparation, research or some respect of the stress that your subject is under means you shouldn’t contemplate turning up at all.
There is a saying that if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. I wouldn’t disagree with this but having spent the last four weeks working hard to try and capture those individual moments if you don’t prepare, you deserve to fail. I look forward to next years fringe and will miss the energy that this years fringe 2013 produced.