Macbeth

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On the 31st October, I was asked to photograph the technical/costume rehearsal of an all female production of Macbeth by Tigz Theatre at the London Welsh Centre.

It was incredibly challenging as I only knew the basic plot, and spent most of the time pacing up and down to get the best shot, all in “real time” (and I had only time for one attempt), whilst being very aware that I had to be “non distracting”. I’m also used to being fully in control and dealing with natural lighting!

Followers will know that I’ve photographed a lot of women, and the cast of Macbeth were the most beautiful, dynamic and engaging. Wonderful on and off stage, I only wish I could have photographed more rehearsals! And I hope you like these as much as I do.

 

For full cast information please visit the Tigz Theatre site.

If you’re interested in seeing the full production photographs, or wish to enquire about a production being photographed please contact me; jemmabannocks@icloud.com

 

 

Men

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Though rare, I do actually photograph men too!

 

And here is a few things that I’ve learnt in the process.

  • Guys are harder to photograph

Boys are all up and down! With girls its easier to create shapes due to their natural curves, their elegant limbs and they are much happier to be “vulnerable” to the gaze of a camera, especially with me, a female photographer*.

 

We’re used to seeing images of women, and despite male models being around since the dawn of art, there’s still a stigma attached, that it’s not a very “manly” thing to do, so to get a man to pose and open up can be very hard work!

Having said that though…

  • Guys are easier to photograph

From fashion, to art nude to everyday documentary, men just get on with it and don’t mind making a fool of themselves or acting up to the camera.

Male models are usually characters to start with, and love performing for the camera. They don’t mind as much if you get their “bad side”, well most don’t, but I’m coming to that.

On the whole, guys, models or not, just don’t have the same “fear” that comes with having your photo taken, they’re also a lot more relaxed about final images. Which is often very refreshing!

  • Males can also be shy and self critical

Remember how I said that guys are a lot more reluctant to being “vulnerable” with the camera?

It may come as a surprise to some, but guys can also have the same worries and hang ups that women do. They have flat days, and sometimes they really don’t like the way their hair, nose, chest, or legs appear in a photo. We can sometimes think of guys as these emotionless, macho, bravado robots, but they aren’t. Not always. They can be soft and vulnerable too.

I take pride in the fact that I have photographed some of the most camera shy men that I know.

  • Men make for wonderful subjects

  • Role reversal is scary, liberating and fun

The romantic notion of the brooding, (traditionally) male, making beautiful and fabulous images of women, adorned in finery or stripped bare, is such an established image that when swapping those roles, it can, at times, feel like a challenge. But as the sub-title says, it’s liberating and fun. I also think I can play the brooding artist quite well!

It’s nice as a 5ft5 female, who is actually quite shy when it comes to working, to have the “power” that comes from being the photographer and critically looking at the man, telling him where to sit. Telling him how to be. However, it’s not to be abused, definitely not. Not ever, by anyone. I can’t stress that enough.

 

So these are just a few of the many things that I’ve learnt so far in my photographic career. You can view more images of males (and females!) via my Flickr account.

 

Models; Andrew Jardine, Kevin Flee, Aaron Clapham, Drew Beckett, Stuart Bannocks, Callum S
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