Photo Shoot: Chance and The Box
Wednesday August 1, 2012
The Box, 189 Chrystie Street

Work continues on the initial issues of Chance, a new art magazine intended to explore the visual possibilities of theatre in its many forms, as well as the artists and craftspeople who make it happen.  I wrote in June about a Yonkers photo shoot inspired by the story, setting, characters, and themes of a new Sharr White play set during the First World War.  Earlier this month I attended a shoot attempting to capture images of theatre in a sexy burlesque nightclub with a theatre pedigree that’s been around for a few years.

I creep around the edges of this shoot in early evening between 6pm and 9pm, before the usual club open hours that start later. During this early evening work session, several of the club performers go through their paces in front of a skeleton crew and a few observers. Fitz Patton sound designer, is one of the masterminds behind the publication and this shoot. Trip Cullman, theatre director, art directs this shoot as he did the Yonkers shoot in June.  Fabrice Trombert, fashion photographer, is present with his fabulous equipment and several photographer assistants who manage digital copies of the images he takes during the evening and equipment is where Fabrice needs it to be. With only a few adjustments (additional lights here, lights taken down elsewhere) the several acts that have been pre-selected  run through their paces — including a woman in drag, a man-woman-man removing several layers of disguise, a man who performers with an acrobatic chihuahua.

Theatre is captured in still photography. And I observe.

Vintage lettering on garage door that forms part of the street frontage of The Box. Adventures await inside. Image by Martha Wade Steketee.
Performer reflected in left mirror, Fitz Patton’s white-blond head reflected in right mirror. Image by Martha Wade Steketee.
Performer on stage, Fabrice Trombert at work shooting, Trip Cullman on couch, Fitz Patton in foreground shadow. Image by Martha Wade Steketee.
Fabrice Trombert in reflection, photographer at work. Image by Martha Wade Steketee

© Martha Wade Steketee (August 21, 2012)

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