A month ago now I found myself in Zürich, that city I spent much of a year, my first time properly living in Europe in 2005. This time, I was there to photograph, film, generally document Das Helmi’s rehearsals with Theater Hora for Mars Attacks! — and will be there again late-April for the performances. I’ve been thinking about blogging these since then, and so today, here they are. This was from the open showing on the Monday the day after I arrived, and also my first time seeing any of this.
My photography is almost entirely for my own pleasure, and I have something of an arbitrary set of slowly changing rules I impose on myself, that come partly from when my only camera was my old mobile phone and I was strictly limited in what I could do. More recently as I seem to be photographing in theatres more, these rules are a response to what makes me uncomfortable as audience or performer in photographers who come in: loud, large cameras dominating quiet staging, insensitive moving around and hauling of equipment mainly. So with my very unobtrusive Panasonic LX7 I try and hide up the back, not really wander about (though I did more here and certainly felt the seduction of racing to “get the shot”), take fewer shots (very difficult with a card that holds around well over a thousand), generally try and make not being noticed part of the act.
Also I try and get the image I’m seeing as it is, which means no cropping, and mostly very minimal processing, just a bit of colour balancing, contrast, sharpening. These were a little trickier, with a combination of natural and halogen light, and the dominant green foam throwing a cast on everything. It’s a strictness I like: if the image has motion blur, I’m unlikely to keep it; if the image doesn’t frame what captures my eye, it gets passed over. It’s always possible to crop an image into acceptability; to make the moment of photographing the defining instant, this is what interests me.
So, some rehearsal showing photos of Theater Hora and Das Helmi’s Mars Attacks!