The World’s A stage
Photo by Victor Iemini
When I turned 21, I bought my first DSLR camera and entered, of all places, an acting school in my hometown, São Paulo, Brazil. While I was sure I didn’t wish to be an actor myself, I always wanted to be associated with the theatre in some way. And it was through the camera that my ambition was finally realised. Like an obsessive, I began photographing all the major theatre performances in the city. Soon, I was dubbed “that guy with the camera” in our local theatre circuit. These days, I make sure that I shoot at least a couple of plays a week, and my job entails clicking over a thousand images an hour in order to capture the essence, the defining moment of an ongoing play.
The name of the trick is self-effacement. I never ask anyone to pose, always restricting myself, and my camera, to the background. There are also no preliminaries to be fulfilled. I just turn up at the venue and begin shooting nonstop. I try all the angles I can get without interrupting the flow of a performance. And many a time, I don’t even look through the viewfinder of my camera while shooting. Most often, the winning shot arrives simply by chance.
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