shakespeare.

One of my most missed things about Minnesota is my acting class. It was an escape from my day to day life to a safe place. My classmates were my family. I learned so much with them and from them. Our second year was focused on Shakespeare, and I fell so completely in love. I can still perform the sonnet and monologues I learned in a heartbeat. I could probably still do my scene as well, but I had the most amazing scene partner in Heather, and I would hate to do it with anyone but her.

I am taking British Literature, and last semester, I got to do something creative for my final project. We were instructed to choose one of the several periods that we had studied, conduct some research, and present our findings in our own way. I decided to focus my project on the Elizabethan era. I created a presentation to include the info I had found on the art, music, food, and clothing of the era. However, I also set up a photoshoot. With the help of my friend Seth, I staged and photographed scenes from Shakespeare’s works. I had a lot of fun with this project, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. So was my teacher, apparently, as I got 100%!

Here are a couple of the photos from the project. Enjoy!


Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?


Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of
infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me
on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred
in my imagination it is! my gorge rises at it. Here hung
those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where
be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your
flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on
a roar?

the course of true love never did run smooth.

Shakespeare.
As an actor, it is one of the most beautiful and terrifying things in the world.
As a photographer, it’s nothing but beauty.

I auditioned for Upright Egg‘s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last spring. I got cast, but had to decline the role as I was cast in another show at the same time. I offered my services as photographer and attended one rehearsal and one performance.
It was magical.

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Director Leah Adcock-Starr has a way of finding little nuances in text that no one has ever seen before and bringing it to life. It was clear that the show was not only a performance, but an art piece. The whole thing was done processional style, which really helped draw you into the world the characters lived in; and as a photographer, helped me get in close on what the actors were doing. The cast was amazing. I could have photographed them for days. Everyone was in character at all times. You’d be watching a scene and notice some movement in the corner of your eye. When you turned to look, you’d see fairies running about and causing mischief. At the performance I attended, two of the fairies came up to me excitedly, one of them holding a frog in his hands. Another one sat between two trees and watched the audience curiously.

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I treated the whole thing as a totally out-of-control photoshoot rather than stills of a performance. For the most part, I used my Tamron 18-270mm to provide maximum flexibility for not only capturing the action in the scene, but for spying on fairies scattered around the forest. My other settings were all over the map to accommodate for the constant zooming in and out and change of scenery and lighting. I took just under a thousand photos total and edited 90 to be put on flickr. I had not started shooting in RAW yet, so I edited all of them in CS4. I probably could have used more, but there comes a point where it’s just a teeny bit ridiculous. I am very happy with the photos I chose, though. I am also extremely pleased to say that I was involved with that production. Thank you so much for that amazing opportunity, Leah!

I’ve posted a couple of the photos publicly, but you can see all 90 by clicking here. Enjoy!

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.