Sunday, July 1, 2012

Behind the Scenes at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Ezra Marcos captures life behind the stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

By Ezra Marcos

An actor talks to pit musicians. / Photo by Ezra Marcos
An actor talks to pit musicians. / Photo by Ezra Marcos
Actors in 'The White Snake' / Photo by Ezra Marcos
Actors in "The White Snake" / Photo by Ezra Marcos
The control booth / Photo by Ezra Marcos
The control booth / Photo by Ezra Marcos
An seamstress looks at a costume. / Photo by Ezra Marcos
An seamstress looks at a costume. / Photo by Ezra Marcos
Costumes on mannequins / Photo by Ezra Marcos
Costumes on mannequins / Photo by Ezra Marcos
Stirring a vat / Photo by Ezra Marcos
Stirring a vat / Photo by Ezra Marcos
A production crew member poses. / Photo by Ezra Marcos
A production crew member poses. / Photo by Ezra Marcos
Paint splatters are a common feature behind the scenes. / Photo by Ezra Marcos
Paint splatters are a common feature behind the scenes. / Photo by Ezra Marcos
A designer works at a desk adorned with past projects. / Photo by Ezra Marcos
A designer works at a desk adorned with past projects. / Photo by Ezra Marcos
Putting the finishing touches on a hat. / Photo by Ezra Marcos
Putting the finishing touches on a hat. / Photo by Ezra Marcos
Set pieces are displayed on the wall. / Photo by Ezra Marcos
Set pieces are displayed on the wall. / Photo by Ezra Marcos
A warehouse full of sets. / Photo by Ezra Marcos
A warehouse full of sets. / Photo by Ezra Marcos

I jumped at the offer when 1859 asked me if I was interested in shooting behind the scenes at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Few photographers get the opportunity to go behind the scenes at OSF. I was elated, yet felt the weight of responsibility from such a rare invitation. I also recognized that I was walking into an intimate lair, with dimensions I could hardly guess. The experience far exceeded my expectations as a photographer. There were large contraptions, small sewing machines, a woman creating a miniature head, welders and people covered in paint. This is a world where the future and the past come together in a visceral present. And I was fortunate enough to capture it all. Enjoy.

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