A dramatic portrait project shot to benefit the charity Acting for Others, featuring a broad span of contemporary stage & screen performers.
‘The Attitudes’ is a stills project raising funds & awareness for charity Acting for Others, featuring a broad span of contemporary stage & screen performers in an examination & celebration of the art of acting.
What were the Attitudes? a school of acting that held sway for centuries, whereby actors learned specific postures to communicate emotions like fear, despair, joy, or love. There are nearly 100 in ‘A Manual of Acting’ (1870). Some seem deeply melodramatic or laugh-out-loud funny to a modern eye, others still ring true today.
The Images: see the full gallery of portraits, shot with actors including Gemma Arterton, Nicholas Pinnock, David Rintoul, Gina Beck & Olivia Poulet. Using one light and a textured background, shooting for no more than half an hour with each actor, we remade a classic pose or found its modern incarnation, trying to find the truth in the posture and feeling.
Exhibit: In 2017, shots from the project were exhibited at The Globe Theatre for a month:
- Read about it here: The Attitudes at The Globe
- And check out a Globe blog looking at the project and it’s connection to the theatre at: Globe Blog
Also in 2017, the contribution the project made was recognised at the inaugural Acting for Others President’s Awards
The project as a whole, in its coffee table book form, earned me my Fellowship with the British Institute of Professional Photography.
About Acting for Others: led by President Dame Judi Dench, the charity offers financial & emotional assistance and support to entertainment professionals working on or offstage, behind or in front of camera, who have fallen on hard times. actingforothers.co.uk
Diversity: The project deliberately spotlit the breadth and diversity of the acting community today, working in partnership with organisations including diversity champions The Triforce Creative Network and learning disabled/autistic theatre company Access All Areas.