An image from 'The Listeners" A Theatre Tour from the Julia Pascal Theatre

July 23, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

secret listeners julia pascal I went to see a play tour by the Julia Pascal theatre in a mansion on the edge of Trent Park not far from Cockfosters underground station. It was incredibly interesting as the building had been used by British Intelligence to house senior members of the German Army who had been captured. The intelligence services had bugged all areas and used refugees,many of them Jews, to listen in on conversations and record any vital information. How often can one see a play/tour that has as its backdrop the historical area itself. I would love to see the show again but it is unlikely as the building is going to be sold. A shame as it is of great historical value. 

This was not my most favorite shot as the others I selected were posted on the news portal Demotix who market the photos to the news media. I like this shot for the sense of atmosphere that is created by the corridor and the alignment of the actors. The main actor in this scene has such a focussed look almost angry but with a slight out of this world quality. I did not go to the show thinking I would take photos and a such this was all very on the spur of the moment and I was very aware not to disturb anyone there. As such I was not using a flash and given the low light I chose to use an ISO of 6400. A touch high (a bit of an english understatement there) The Nikon D700 still does a good job at this ISO as long as the photo is not blown up into a large size. 

It is very different taking photos in this situation as to when I am working at a corporate function where often we are employed as fake paparazzi/photographers. In that situation I am using my performing skills to make an impact and help create the party atmosphere. That work can be seen on the Pressmen website. 

 


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