Moving on to day 2 of the “Therapy Weekend for Fan Girls in Need of RA-Re-Ignition” – this will be a less text-heavy post than part 1 but pretty easy on the eye instead. But for posterity’s sake a quick recap of the event itself: The screening of UATSC with cast and crew had been scheduled in the Hyde Park Picture House, the oldest cinema in Leeds, which even has a wikipedia entry of its own. Its modest but lovely facade on a corner of two Victorian terraced streets belies its interior, that was way bigger than its outside. So on Sunday morning I casually strolled into madness…
— Hariclea Darclee (@Hariclea) November 8, 2015
There I have casually blown my cover now. But never mind. As you can see, three-quarters of an hour before the scheduled event there was already a queue of fans at the venue. Since we were in England, the queue was orderly and neatly arranged and wound itself from the box office at the front along the pavement. However, order did not prevail for long when Mr A arrived. Like the proverbial moth to the flame – or a magnet to the pole – the fan girls surged towards the man ;-).
In these situations it is every woman for herself, so I got separated from my tried and tested pals Linda, Hari and Helen and moved around
like a lioness circling her prey, trying to catch glimpses of Mr A between heads, shoulders and assorted other limbs. Initially I only saw him from behind.
To my amusement, Mr A had not changed his outfit from the night before. The white Tee, black jacket and black trousers
of evil. Guylty approves of light travellers such as Mr A as neither had she brought a change of clothes for the overnighter… *ahem*
Once again, RA signed and posed with gusto, many a fan girl’s wishes for a signature or a selfie was heard. A couple of nice stories from the floor: As it was Remembrance Sunday, poppy-wearing seems to be compulsory in Britain. He had a paper poppy but no pin to fix it to his lapel with. My friend Helen noticed his empty lapel and offered him her own enamel poppy pin, which he gratefully exchanged for his paper poppy. Helen pinned her pin to his lapel herself. Unfortunately I was not in the vicinity to document this little scene – maybe Helen will grace us with more detail in a comment, pretty please 🙂
I also heard a nice story from fellow Ireland-lover Sunken Treasure who posed with Richard for a selfie. The security guard took the photo and prompted them to say “cheese”, and Richard said “Leeeeeds” 🙂
I got quite a few profile pictures out of the occasion – I did not have the heart to push myself in the front and threaten him with my big lens, though.
For those interested in photography: Shooting in daylight always results in much better images. There is no cross-lighting, no difficult shadow, and with a low ISO the images are crisp even at largest size. (Except that my lens is f*cked, but that’s a different issue.)
In case you are wondering about the unusual square format of some of the images – what looks as if I am ruthlessly cropping all female presence out of RA’s vicinity, is actually an attempt at protecting the privacy of fans contained therein and unknown to me
and to most of mankind. Which is a bit of a shame because I captured a couple of sweet fan-RA selfie scenes I would have loved to share with you. The issue of privacy in event photography was brought to my attention today (I had to delete an image from yesterday’s gallery), and I am planning to write a post about this, soon, as it is a recurring problem when it comes to photography at the stage door and/or premieres.
My favourite picture of the full 25 image loot? Possibly this one.
You can make up your mind yourself – I have put them all in the gallery below. Enjoy, save, repost for your own private purpose – please respect copyright and credit if you do so. And tell me which is your favourite and why – I’d love to know so I can learn from my successes and failures.
all pics © Guylty Pleasure 2015