Mise-en-scène is about staging a story visually and where would I start but at the theatre. As a photographer you do the same as they do at the theatre or in a film - you compose content within a frame. You set the scene, stage the story within the picture. Me personally, I am all about light and direction. I use light to keep the eye of the beholder moving.
This past weekend the annual Kulturnatten, a night of culture, had us all go out, meet in the streets and enjoy all that Västerås offers, in one single evening. My first stop was at the theatre and the open rehearsal of the upcoming production Utvandrarna, The Emigrants, from the novel by Wilhelm Moberg. This is where I literally set the scene, looking at placement, costume and stage lighting.
Experimenting with light and direction.
Mise-en-scène is an online exhibition project managed by visual artist and instructional designer Cynthia Willett from New York. The directions for the projects were sent out at the beginning of the summer and I have been mulling it over while working on and finishing the literary project CHANGES.
Capturing the sound of music.
After almost stating the obvious at the theatre, playing around with shutter speed, direction, panning and dragging different light sources into the picture, I go looking for content to fill my frame to create a series of pictures for my Mise-en-scène contribution. The picture above is me trying to capture the sound of the internationally known Awake Love Orchestra, based here in Västerås.
It is the most perfect night, the sound of vocies carried over the stream is like balm to my ears. This is a sound that inspires your heart and soul. As I go on, camera in hand, I add music to my creative process while enjoying an evening of true multitude.
Agneta M Lindh