Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Backstage

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I don’t post too much about theatre on the blog but I’ve been working backstage all summer and I kept noticing these great images from around the space. I thought you all might like to take a peek.

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This is an old light body in storage. A light body is used to measure shadow and light on stage when a show is being designed.

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There is nothing in the world that smells as wonderful as the backstage of a theatre. Like paint and sawdust and whispers. Whispers have a smell. I bet you didn’t know that.

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The following images are of a ghost light. Supposedly, ghost lights were originally lit in theatres so that the ghosts could move around when the theatre was dark after a show. More practically, we use ghost lights in any unlit performance space so that people don’t trip on wires or fall into the orchestra pit in the dark.

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I could be having the most confusing, depressing, difficult day but when I step into a theatre…it’s like it all falls away. Nothing seems so bad or hard or desperate there.

What about you? What spaces in your life make you feel safe?

love, elizabeth

9 comments:

Meredith said...

gorgeous photos Elizabeth!

Rachel said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful photos!

I find being outside in quiet countryside with the birds singing makes the stresses of the day fall away :)

Katie said...

WOw, great photos!!

mj { a r c h i ♥s m a r y - j a n e } said...

the theater also makes me feel safe. I love it. I also love your images of backstage.

Karen in Progress said...

I love, love these photos. My special place is a trail deep in the woods, a horse barn, or a pottery studio. It's too hard to pick just one.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

these are awesome!

Gentri said...

Wow. :) These are gorgeous photos! Seriously! I love the theater and still have a regret of never acting. I know I could be a great actress. haha!

ashley @ A Recipe for Sanity said...

Your photos rock. And I love theater. It was a huge part of my life for a long, long time. So glad it is still a part of yours!

Faith said...

awesome pictures! i think it is so cool that you are so involved in the theater like that!

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