I was lucky enough last year to see Dickie Beau’s BLACKOUTS Twilight of the Idols during its run at the Soho Theatre. I absolutely loved it – it was one of my favourite shows from 2013. I found it touching, poignant, hauntingly beautiful and incredibly clever.
These photos were taken when Dickie brought BLACKOUTS to the Cambridge Junction in February. I must stress that these are rehearsal photos and therefore only partially representative of the actual show as Dickie is not wearing full makeup in any of these photos and in some is not in costume either.
Technically, I think this was one of the most challenging shows I’ve ever shot. The presence of layers of gauze (see photo below) meant that focus was extremely difficult to achieve and that coupled with very low lighting and use of projection made it more than a little tricky. Watching the show, you’re not really aware at all of the gauze but it had a huge impact on taking the photos. This was the first time I’d ever taken photographs through gauze so it was definitely a learning experience for me. I like the resulting noise and soft focus – I think it gives the photographs an ethereal quality which is somehow fitting for this show.
A big thank you to Dickie for allowing me to be there and experiment during his rehearsals.
If you get chance to see Twilights of the Idols, I really do recommend you go see it. Dickie has a new show, Camera Lucida, which will be at the Barbican later this year.
For further details see http://www.dickiebeau.com/