Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol 2010
by BJ Cary
About the Book
This book chronicles the creation of the play "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" from the beginning of rehearsals all the way to the first performance. I was given generous access to this production and photographed the actors as they worked to create their characters and shape their performances. The goal of these photographs was to show the incredible, creative journey that actors embark on when they commit to a play.
Working in the style of classic street photographers, I used an old Leica camera and shot with high speed film. I personally developed, scanned, and edited the photos myself. What I hoped to capture was the energy of street photographs contained in a smaller, dynamic space. By making myself familiar to the actors, I was able to watch for their best moments and photograph each of their unique personalities.
This was very much a passion project for me. It was exciting; it was fun; and it was very educational for me. Hopefully, what you see in these photographs is a wonderful collaboration between a photographer and a talented group of actors.
Features & Details
- Category Fine Art Photography
Standard Portrait, 8×10 in, 20×25 cm
- Publish Date Oct 19, 2011
- Language English
- Tags Marley, Scrooge, Photography, Photographs, Photograph, Photographer, Tale, Story, Mythology, Myth, Christmas, Holiday, 2010, Hands, Gesture, Movement, Leica, Life, Film, Stage, Theater, Theatre, Acting, Actor, Actors, Mule, Blue, Performance, Play
From the book: My name is BJ Cary and I'm a photographer living in Papillion, Nebraska. In 2008 I received a degree in Photography from Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. On the heels of that, I received a degree in English from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2011. Two of my biggest influences have been Minor White and J.R.R. Tolkien. White was focussed on capturing the ineffable with photography. He wanted the photographer to feel what he or she was trying to capture, and to see beyond what was being looked at. Tolkien's concern was using something he loved, the creation of languages, to fashion a timeless tale. He decided on Myth as a vehicle for accomplishing that purpose. Photography is my vehicle. It is the medium I hope to use in order to tell the kind of stories that I feel are meaningful, that are timeless.