Theatre: A work in progress
The basis for the Theatre project originated as I was shooting headshot portraits for an actor. We discussed the crossover between ‘intentional’ acting and the acting we all do on a daily basis.
As someone who has a fear of public speaking, I find actors fascinating. I’m the polar opposite of an actor. I couldn’t stand in front of an audience and perform. My preference in any room is to find the darkest corner. Remembering lines, for me, is just a fantasy. I can barely remember my full address.
Yet when I’m working in a social situation, I absolutely become an actor. When we have a portrait taken, it’s a sort of act. A smile is a mask that people wear, often for photographs.
There’s something else about actors that I admire and respect and that’s the dedication that it takes to create a performance at any level. The rehearsal required, the constant repetition of lines until they are not just memorised, but delivered in such a way as to convey emotion.
You’ll be able to tell that I haven’t fully curated my thoughts on this project yet. It’s certainly nowhere near completion.
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