When I first started to photograph back stage at the Hippodrome I ran into an immediate and obvious problem.
People smiled – a lot.
Not just a vague recognition smile, but the great big blast of a pleased to see you smile.
They are performers; this is what they do. They could have just broken a leg and you would still get the same reaction.
I asked them to ignore me, but they couldn’t help themselves if they saw me looking in their direction.
Eventually after trying to desperately merge with the furniture I began to get shots that either caught them off guard or where they simply remained themselves.