HRD – A Ball for Jane Austen

For those involved, photos from the lovely Ball at Winchester Guildhall are now available here:

http://owenbensonvisuals.photoshelter.com/gallery/HRD-A-Ball-for-Jane-Austen/G00009BsdL7j3cWw

 

And the video I shot has now been edited and you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/jU5cNBrsWRI

Butterfly Theatre – Romeo and Juliet at Glastonbury Abbey

I was asked to photograph an outdoor, promenade performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet performed by Butterfly Theatre Company at Glastonbury Abbey. There was a bit of rain at the start but that cleared and didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. Here are a few of my favourite shots.

Jane Austen Festival 2016 – photos online!

The official photos from the Jane Austen Festival, Bath 2016 are now online – here are all 736 of them. I have organised them by event so you have a chance to find yourselves amongst the crowd! The 2016 Festival was a great success, despite it raining on our Promenade. Hundreds of people, gorgeous costumes, fascinating events and a musical version of Pride and Prejudice – what more could one ask for? Roll on September 2017 when we can do it all again :)

Events included: Promenade, Masked Ball, Country Dance, Silhouette cutting workshop, Austen Undone! comedy tour of Bath, and lots of dance practice. As always, if I have included a photo of you which you don’t like please let me know and I will remove it.

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Bookshop Band in concert at Micheal Tippett Centre

I’ve been working with the Bookshop Band for more than four years, as they have progressed from playing in one bookshop (Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights) to concert halls and bookshops all over the country. They have written so many songs now that this year they are releasing one album per month for ten months! Below is one of my favourite recent songs, “Thirteen Chairs” which I filmed for them at the Micheal Tippett Centre in Bath. For concerts I use multiple cameras – a wide to set the scene and provide safety, and one or two more depending on having places to put them which have a good view. Clearly I can’t operate all of those so it’s just the close up camera which I man, trying for intimate shots of the musicians. I use my own audio recorders for quick turn around but at a gig like this the band were making their own recording so I was able to use that for later videos (such as this one).

Playing Up Theatre – Knives in Hens

Another fascinating play with an excellent cast. I’ve been photographing Playing Up Theatre for a number of years and they never disappoint. “Knives in Hens” follows a love triangle in pre-industrial Britain between a ploughman, his young wife and a miller.