Photographing the artists of West of Lenin Theatre

A while back I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Seattle theater artist,  founder of West of Lenin Theatre and The Ethereal Mutt,  entrepreneur, artist, advocate and collector AJ Epstein. To the community he is a gem, gracing us with the opening of the beautiful West of Lenin in June of 2011; which continues to open it’s doors to flocks of eager Seattleites every season.

My “Working Artists of Theatre” project started at AJ’s venue when I photographed my first collection of artists: the men of “WHITE HOT” – playwright Tommy Smith himself (the first artist shot for PhotoSister.com), along with director Braden Abraham, producer Mark Siano and actor Ray Tagavilla. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to work with AJ for another Tommy Smith play, “Demon Dreams“, and I’m incredibly thrilled to be working with him this upcoming 2013 theatre season for my first production “The House” by Zoe Barker-Aderem through my Gift of Giving Project.

Without further ado, it is my pleasure to share with you some of the images from my photo session with theatre pioneer, AJ Epstein, taken at his home in Seattle.

Smudge at Washington Ensemble Theatre

Smudge at Washington Ensemble Theatre

Smudge at Washington Ensemble Theatre

Smudge at Washington Ensemble Theatre

Smudge at Washington Ensemble Theatre

Smudge at Washington Ensemble Theatre

 

Photography details

Camera:
Nikon D700

Lens used on set noted with *:
*Nikon AF 50mm 1.4 – Aperture: f/3.5 – Shutter: 1/30 – ISO: 3200
*Nikon 18-70 3.5/4.5g Ed-if Af-s Dx – Aperture: f/8.0- Shutter: 1/30 – ISO: 400

Lighting used on set noted with *:
*Natural Light
*Westcott Micro Apollo 2200
Paul C. Buff White Lightning X1600
Paul C. Buff 86″ Silver PLM™ parabolic umbrella
Westcott 1895 72 x 72 Inch Large Scrim Jim Kit
Westcott 301 Photo Basics 40-Inch 5-in-1 Reflector

Bags used on set noted with *:
Think Tank Photo Logistics Manager Rolling Camera Case
*Think Tank Photo Airport Security V 2.0 Rolling Camera Bag
Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Slight
*Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone)
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate)
*Think Tank Photo Travel Pouch—Large
*Think Tank Photo AA Battery Holder

Camera Straps used on set noted with *:
*BlackRapid Floral Woman’s Strap (RS-W1F) (Black)
BlackRapid RS-W1 Plain Black Woman’s Strap (RS-W1B) (Black)
BlackRapid RS-W1 Women’s Limited Edition WHITE Ballistic Nylon Camera Strap
Black Rapid RS-7 Camera Strap (Black)

Tripod:
3 Legged Thing “EDDIE” Carbon Fiber Tripod System with AirHed 2 Ballhead

Accessories:
*Nice Industries Glow Blower

*Nasty Clamp