Blackout from the Lyric Theatre Belfast tells the story of James, a young man who wakes up in a prison cell with no idea of why he is there. As he recalls the events of his life, he reaches a point where he realises his future lies in his own hands.
This project is an initiative by the Creative Learning department at the Lyric Theatre to employ emerging actors & artists. The production is currently touring to more than 40 schools across Northern Ireland, in partnership with Hydebank Wood College & the Department of Justice.
I love the arts
I love working in the commercial and corporate sectors but the arts will always have a special place in my heart. The arts sector gave me my first, paid professional piece of work through the Queens Drama.
Don’t stop, don’t look down
I love shooting dramatic performances as, in my opinion they’re amongst the hardest things to photograph that you can’t control. They’re not like a typical studio shoot. You can’t control lighting and usually you can’t control what the actors are doing. Its crazy. Its completely a “hang on and don’t look at photos ’till the end” kind of discipline.
Honestly. If you look at your photos whilst shooting a dramatic performance such as Blackout you’re going to miss something. Keep the camera stuck to your face, keep both hands on and don’t stop shooting until the show is over. Go in with full batteries, empty memory cards and nimble feet.
Blackout was non stop from the moment it started. It was a mix of dancing, fighting, slo-mo and intricate group movements. At times it was very difficult to pick one particular thing or person to focus on. Times like these have taught me to trust my gut and just go with it. If you miss it, you miss it.
I never (usually) photograph a dramatic performance more than once. It’s always been this way. I never ask the director about notable moments that might happen during the show. I want everything to be a surprise and I want to react to it when it happens. Part of being good at this type of work means being able to capture the moment when it happens. You only get good at this by doing it over and over again.