West End Alleys

How cool is this photo! I just love it. It was taken by photographer, Simon Annand, during the run of Spamalot & takes me back to 2004 when these cobbled alleys of the West End were where I would head to for work 6 days a week.

It was a great privilege to spend the last few weeks of 3 years living in London, working on the West End, and exploring these side streets and all of their treasures.

If photos like this are right up your side street, then check out Simon Annand’s book, The Half, filled with beautiful portraits of actors in that focused half hour before curtain goes up.

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Texture

Textures can really help make an interesting photo, they can even evoke an emotional response in us. My first texture inspirations probably came from looking through my Dad’s photographs which he took while studying Textiles, pages upon pages of slides of textures in nature which are a great inspiration for designing patterns.

I love interesting textures, the more aged and weathered, the better. They tell a history of a place or object and if you look really closely, can have wonderful sculptural qualities. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to have some really interesting textures playing a supporting role to the productions I have been  photographing.

And so without further ado, I present textures from The Birdwatchers supporting the cast of Sean Taylor, Dorothy Ann Gould and Guy de Lancey in a play by Athol Fugard.

Textures from nature, although only one of the four above is natural…  can you tell which one?

Next on the bill, are the wonderful supporting walls of the Little Theatre 😉

Yes, they are not the prettiest, and I must admit they have spoilt quite a few good shots. So last week, Director Chris Weare,  made a brave & momentous decision to paint these walls black. There were a few gasps from the current students, and on closer inspection you can see why.

Students and actors have been throwing their hearts and souls into hundreds of productions here for eighty years! The history is literally written on the walls.

Apparently the first production in this theatre was Anton Chekov’s The Seagull in 1931, and the oldest graffiti I came across was The Cherry Orchard in 1944.

Thanks to Chris Weare for having the care and foresight to document this history, I loved having the opportunity to capture it!