Photographing an artist of ACT – A Contemporary Theatre


Jumping Train Tracks with Trieu Tran

This last spring, ACT Theatre asked me to join them down at Olympic Sculpture Park to photograph actor Trieu Tran (HBO series “The Newsroom” and blockbuster “Tropic Thunder“) for his upcoming play “Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam“.  The initial concept was to photograph him near the water with the Puget Sound and mountains behind him, but after a few minutes, I realized that the light was just not right.

So I asked Trieu if he wouldn’t mind walking a bit further down the path with me and saw the train cars stacked three deep behind a chain link fence.  I looked at Trieu and said something to the effect of “Want to jump the tracks and shoot there? It will look really cool.”  Without a moments hesitation, he was on board and hopping over the fence and dodging the security guard with me.

I think we gave ACT’s Director of Marketing a heart attack (sorry Becky!) as she ended up being our “watch” on the other side of the fence, but PR Manager Mark Siano was a trooper and even helped by holding my Westcott Micro Apollo based on “Bob” my 3 Legged Thing monopod.

Below the images are links to videos from King 5 Local News and KING 5 New Day Northwest with Margaret Larson, both news clips include images featured here on





This is the poster image ACT used for their press on the show. You can see the 8′ tall print in the front window at the theatre.


This is the image ran by the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly and more:



King 5 Local News interview with Trieu Tran with images by LaRae Lobdell:


KING 5 New Day Northwest interview with Margaret Larson with images by LaRae Lobdell: 


Go see Trieu Tran in “Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam” at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre

Catch “Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam” at ACT Theatre in Seattle, September 7 – October 7, 2012.


Photography details

Nikon D200

Lens: Nikon 18-70mm 3.5 – Aperture: f/5.6 – Shutter: 1/250 – ISO: 400
Lens: Nikon 50mm 1.4 – Aperture: f/3.2 – Shutter: 1/125 – ISO: 200
Lens: Nikon 60mm 2.8 – Aperture: f/4.0 – Shutter: 1/100 – ISO: 100
Lighting Outside:
ONE Nikon SB-800 flash with the Westcott Micro Apollo off camera.
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