This week I have been blessed with an abundance of wonderful and eclectic photo opportunities with the Brighton Fringe beginning over the Bank holiday weekend. So much so, it takes a steady hand to select which shows to visit, how long to visit and more importantly, which ones not to visit. Selecting which shots to show after such a weekend packed with the free vignettes of shows on display at Fringe City, the Marlborough street fair and the iconic and atmospheric Spiegeltent. So for this blog, I focussed on the "unique" and the people enjoying the events and the colour they add rather than the colourful performers they are enjoying
As a Fringe photographer I am afforded the opportunity to visit a number of different shows and privileged to watch the performers preparing, performing and relaxing afterwards but it's always the audience that for me, provide the greatest colour, for they are the reason the performers perform. The greatest compliment to any performer is to see their audience entertained and these images really capture the audience, not only engaging and enjoying the performance but forgetting themselves and becoming part of the act too. I chose the first image as it was taken by accident and the expression on the gentleman's face and the almost casual rebuttal by the lady is so classic. The gentleman in the hairdressing chair (Martyn with a "y") as he likes to be known was a comedy natural and Pamela of Pamela's Permanent Wave had her work cut out containing him and including his humour into her act. Use the difficulty I once heard it described as and she certainly did that and that brings me to my last image.
During a promotional shoot of the Lady Boys of Bangkok, I captured this image of a young mother and her son. The juxtaposition of the image of the performer, the street scene, the look on her face and that of the son just creates an image which for me that is spontaneous, natural and one of a kind. So next week I may focus on the colour of the performers but for this week, for me, the audience were the stars of the show