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Jovan Vidaković - Beauty of Photographing Theater Is That Each Performance Is Unique

How did love for theatre photography start?

When I first came to photograph a play, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I'd never done anything like that before, and I was terrified of "stage fright," but in front of a stage. Then, as the show began, everything fell into place: lighting, actors, play, stage... I knew I was hooked right after the show. And that feeling sustained me for more than a decade. I knew I was hooked right after the show. And that feeling kept me going for more than a decade. As I learned more about theatre, the more I loved to photograph it...

You also have a pretty developed portfolio at street and documentary photography. What is your preference in choosing the perfect shot?

My "first love" was street photography. Street and the theater, I discovered, had a lot in common. I imagine the street as a large stage on which you must pay attention to "actors," anticipate their behaviors, and wait for the right moment.

Do you agree that a better quality camera creates a better photographer?

No, absolutely not! The camera is just a tool, and that tool is only there to help you realize your vision. No high-end camera can help you until you know how to use it and have a clear vision of what you want to do with it.

Tell us about your latest project in theatre.

The beauty of photographing theater is that each performance is unique. You must adjust to the ambiance, tempo, message, and other aspects of each play. As a result, each new theatre endeavor is unique. My major goal while photographing a theatre play is to try to capture the soul of the performance. Emotions, facial expressions, movement across the stage... all small details that contribute to the theater's charm. You've succeeded if you can persuade someone to watch a show after viewing only one photo from it.

Author: Hana Tiro


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