Dancer in the dark

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.



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