Theatre Photography

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by dr._karl_hoppe, May 5, 2022.

  1. Great to hear!

    FWIW, my 2 daughters were both enthusiastic 'dance and drama' students/participants in their teens, They both had a wonderful experience through their rehearsals and performances. One of my daughters has since become a professional dancer/actress.

    QUOTE="dr._karl_hoppe, post: 5953796, member: 1469423"]Sam,
    My great niece is in the production and you’re 100% right, the enthusiasm of the students is infectious. They pour their heart and soul into it, constant practice sessions, rehearsals. I was really blown away at how good these kids were.[/QUOTE]
     
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    My great niece loves theatre. She has been approached over the years to do modelling and acting in commercials. Her parents decided against it because they saw how others her age were robbed of a normal childhood. People we know told the parents to be prepared that her modelling and acting will totally take over the family’s life to the exclusion of just about everything else. I think my nephew and his wife made the right decision. She’s now at an age where she can explore her creative talents with a solid childhood behind her.

    I’m training her as a budding photographer, first with all the basics of film, then onto digital. I’m a retired astronomer so I have all the time in the world to mentor her along before I croak. I have no children so she will inherit tens of thousands of dollars worth of incredible Leica gear. She has done some back-up tracks for a couple of local recording artists, just fun stuff. She understands theatre, music, photography, etc. is a tough gig to crack into, so she wisely has decided to pursue a legal education as an “insurance policy” if the creative thing doesn’t pan out. I have a law degree in both civil and canon law from Heidelberg but unexpectedly veered from my hobby of astronomy into a professional career. You never know what path life will take you.
     
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  3. Wonderful to hear! We have a lot in common and should perhaps move to PM's :).

    I think your nephew and his wife made the right choice too! My youngest daughter was just 10 when she was offered a place at the prestigious 'Dutch National Ballet Academy' in Amsterdam - 100 km away from where we lived as the crow flies. At the time, my initial reaction was 'over my dead body!' because I could predict how this would affect her childhood. But she really had her heart set on it and we eventually decided to try it out. We made arrangements beforehand with her local school that she could always re-join if things in Amsterdam didn't work out. My ex-wife or I woke her every day at 06.15 and between us drove her to the nearest 'main' train station (30 mins). It then took her an hour to get to school. Then either my ex-wife or I would pick her up again in the evening. So basically, she was traveling 3 hours a day to get to the school she wanted to be at. And our family life was pretty much regimented around the 'travel times'. And of course, things occasionally went wrong (cancellations, snow/ice on the rails, etc.). For her dance/drama/vocals degree, she moved to Amsterdam and has stayed there since. She was around 20 when she first acted in a regional film production and she only began modeling/acting/dancing/presenting professionally after she graduated aged 21.

    She by no means had a 'normal' childhood because dance & travel took up all her time and energy. But it was something that she - of her own free will - wanted to keep doing. Her only performances were arranged by her ballet school. Two conflicting thoughts regularly went through my mind at the time. One was "How differently might have you become if you hadn't dedicated yourself so completely to dance?" and "Who am I to stand in the way of the natural talent that my daughter has and passionately wants to develop?". She's turned out fine, btw!

    As you say, dance/drama is a difficult business to get into and a 'backup plan' is indeed advisable! Although my daughter was well-qualified, she decided that she preferred not (immediately) to become a dance/drama teacher. She's pretty smart and - during the Covid period - she worked 2-3 days a week as an administrative assistant for arts subsidies. In the past, she happily smiled and handed out badges at conferences to get some income. I'm pretty sure that should her 'artistic career' begin to fade, she'll find something else.

    I love the fact that your niece is a budding photographer and that you're mentoring her (another possible fall-back occupation :) )

    Mike

    PS on 'life paths', I decided 45 years ago to live and work in Norway for a year. I loved the country and I wanted to get some 'international experience'. Norway - despite a couple of interviews - didn't pan out and I was offered a job with a great small company in NL. At the time, I thought: well NL's OK too, it's just for a year. 45 years later I'm still here!






    My great niece loves theatre. She has been approached over the years to do modelling and acting in commercials. Her parents decided against it because they saw how others her age were robbed of a normal childhood. People we know told the parents to be prepared that her modelling and acting will totally take over the family’s life to the exclusion of just about everything else. I think my nephew and his wife made the right decision. She’s now at an age where she can explore her creative talents with a solid childhood behind her.

    I’m training her as a budding photographer, first with all the basics of film, then onto digital. I’m a retired astronomer so I have all the time in the world to mentor her along before I croak. I have no children so she will inherit tens of thousands of dollars worth of incredible Leica gear. She has done some back-up tracks for a couple of local recording artists, just fun stuff. She understands theatre, music, photography, etc. is a tough gig to crack into, so she wisely has decided to pursue a legal education as an “insurance policy” if the creative thing doesn’t pan out. I have a law degree in both civil and canon law from Heidelberg but unexpectedly veered from my hobby of astronomy into a professional career. You never know what path life will take you.[/QUOTE]
     
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    That’s amazing, Amsterdam. We’re Dutch. I was born in NYC when my father worked at UNHQ in NYC. Shortly after I was born, he was sent to The Hague on the Permanent Court of International Justice. When I was 11 we moved back to NYC and I graduated from high school. I decided to pursue a legal degree at Heidelberg rather than stateside, and while there attended the Max Planck Institute of Astronomy. I came back to the States and my career veered into astronomy. I never practised law but I did pass the NY bar exam.

    Sounds like your daughter made the right choice. It’s always good to have a back-up plan. I never thought my hobby would morph into a career but it did by some totally unexpected turn of events. Photography was my first love since I was 6 or 7 years old, but it never was a viable source of income, just a lot of fun.
     
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  5. I'm mostly satisfied with the shots I took. Here are a few,

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  6. Will post a few more later today.
     
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  7. BTW, my great niece is the girl with the dark hair and ripped jeans. Virtually all exposures were taken with a 50mm Summicron ƒ/2 lens at ƒ/4 with shutter speeds varying from 1/30th–1/125th; some close-ups were taken with 90mm 'cron ƒ/2, at ƒ/2·8½–4. Either Tri-X or BW400CN pushed 1 stop to 800/30°. I'm mostly satisfied with the results even though I had no control over developing myself anymore. (It's very tough to shoot b&w film and give up control to a commercial lab when you were used to doing everything yourself.)
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2022 at 1:02 PM

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