The Importance of Being Earnest

This post is all about the current production of Oscar Wilde’s famous play “The Importance of Being Earnest” by The Mordialloc Theatre Company.

It is directed by Vicki Smith who also designed the almost black and white set. The play features Stephen Shinkfield, Kieran Tracy, Ian McMahon, Keith Hutton, Melissa New, Haley Lawson-Smith, Janine Evans and the incomparable Juliet Hayday as Lady Bracknell.

I first started photographing amateur theatre over 40 years ago. At the time I only had a Pentax Spotmatic with a 50 mm f1.4 lens. I used Kodak Tri-X developed in D76 and printed the display images in my darkroom. I sold prints to the actors. Of necessity the theatre company allowed me to wander on stage during dress rehearsals so that I could get reasonable close-ups. The actors didn’t seem to be put off. It turned out that this has allowed me to get much better angles and lighting modelling. I could compress figures that were spread out across the stage into a better composition.

I have been doing it that way ever since. These days I use a Nikon D800 with a 24-70 mm zoom lens and process the images in Lightroom.

Click on a thumbnail to start slideshow.