Sarah Holmes of Paper Doll Militia commissioned us to do a photoshoot showcasing one of her recent aerial pieces. The piece uses a new bespoke apparatus in the form of “Spaghetti Ropes”. The unusual visual interest of the apparatus and the contrasts between the ropes and skin and the dark costume and hair made a simple black box shoot our preferred option, allowing the strong visual of the piece to speak on its own. Sarah was keen to get some close-up shots, which provides a perspective that’s often unavailable to the audience of an aerial piece.
We were recently commisioned to create a set of promotional photos for electronic musician Maki Yamizaki. We sourced a great albeit somewhat creepy location in the form of a disused large animal autopsy room, complete with crane, giant sinks and some slightly disturbing guttering. We used a mix of 800w redheads, LED pars and practical lighting to create moody and striking lighting, and shot in RAW on a Canon 5Dmk2. The final results turned out very nicely indeed, and Make was great to work with. We’re looking forward to collaborating again in the future.
The 2012 UK tour of the Chinese State Circus was a great 4 months spent on the road. I was technical manager, and it was a privilege to work with amazingly talented artists who had been honing their skills for most of their lives. I’m pretty pleased with this shot of the Shaolin Warriors I took, it really nicely captures one of the many wince inducing moments from their performance. Those are perfectly ordinary housebricks, and there’s no special trickery involved. The guys have a great sense of humour too and are always good for a laugh.
It was a challenging tour, taking in 39 venues all across the UK. The show included a live band, massive double chinese pole and a cast of 30 performers. We visited a huge range of venues, from no.1 touring houses to community theatres, and at each had a single morning to install our rig of over 40 intelligent fixtures as well as rigging, set and props.
We had the pleasure of lighting one of the Big Dance stages in July 2012. Dance Base organised the event and Blacklight provided all the technical expertise, and asked us to operate LX on the Castle Street stage. We had time to shoot a few stills while we were there as well, this one came out pretty nicely.