Changing my plans for today’s post because of this:
Unsure whether IG is showing up in my post, so without meaning to breach copyrights:
*ooof*. Is this gorgeous or what. I rarely say that about photos in which RA is joined by other subjects but this one – I love it. This is quite clearly taken from back of the stage just before the curtain rises for the first scene, which Astrov shares with Nana. First of all – I love to see what it looks like for the actors as they are taking their place on the stage, Richard on the right, Anna Calder-Marshall on the left. Toby Jones isn’t really meant to be there at the beginning of the scene. I kind of find it telling/interesting that Anna is chatting with Toby there while RA is a solitary figure, concentrating on his own, undistracted, getting ready to be Astrov. (It sort of confirms the slight “loner” image I have of RA.) It’s an interesting insight in how individual actors approach their (daily) work.
Also, I find this is a beautiful picture in its own right, even without knowing who is in it, or without the information we can glean from it. There is the symmetry of the interior on the other side, the regularly spaced lights, the vague impression of the curved balconies. The soft folds of the curtain add some vertical lines, but the sheerness of the curtain almost make it looks like a soft vapour or mist – probably also because the fabric is slightly mottled. With the curtain backlit from the illuminated auditorium on the other side, and the stage in darkness, the actors stand out as silhouettes. And obviously only having been on the other side of that curtain, I had no idea that it was somewhat transparent – and the actors can actually see through. That is fascinating.
Like *any* good photograph, this one makes me think and wonder. What are Anna and Toby discussing? What is RA thinking? How aware of “the other side” are they?
A great image. Do go and check out Graham Michael’s IG. He has got many other pictures from BTS of UV on his stream, and there are some very beautiful images of the stunning UV set that are truly aesthetic in their own right.