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Thursday proved to be interesting and much the roller coaster. I woke up, still suffering from jet lag. Woke up a lil late. Did my normal 15-20 walk to the Overground line which I take to Euston and hop on the Northern to Leicester Square then walk about 15-20 more to covent gardens. It is a good 90 min commute as I am staying in zone 7.

I arrived at Covent Gardens and it seems as though, we got some mis-cues as I had no model. Quite bummed out about this and not having a phone to communicate on the fly sucks. So I just hung out in the area and met Igor Kolb around 12:30 and he brought me to his dressing room where I dropped off my bag and we went down to the theater. Once I sat down and took my position, I remember looking around in amazement. I mean, here I am in the ROH shooting Mariinsky’s dress hearsal.

During this time, I was supposed to have a shoot with Deanna who is a ballerina I met while shooting the BIBC. She was finishing up at the Royal School. I ducked out of the theater quick to see if she was there. I did not find her so I went back in but had to through the stage door area. Lady gave me a little bit of a hard time but allowed me in. I knew once I was in, I needed to hop on a computer in the staff lounge. I needed to check fb and message the girls from the ballet bag about our meeting. So as I was finishing up, the stage door lady was yelling at me again, now about this being a staff only area but since there was no one waiting I just needed to be quick. I was.

I then went and asked her for directions to the actual stage area which she could not give me. Nor could she escort me and also said she would get in trouble for me having my camera out. she suggested I try the lobby area with one of the ushers. I sweet talked my way with him and told him I knew where I was going. I didn’t but would find it. All of the doors I was trying, were locked. I did not want to go back to that lady again. Finally found one that led me to the orchestra pit, so I went in, hopped a railing and finished shooting the rehearsals.

At 5pm, I met the girls of the Ballet Bag for a quick bite and chat. It was a lovely time and enjoyed meeting them and getting to know them some. Before we knew it, it was close to 7 and they had to go pick up their tickets for Mariinsky that night. So I walked them up to the theater, said good bye then went home.

Fortunately, when I got home, I was able to chat with my wife for a bit, so that was very nice to end my day with. Got some neat shots of Charles Dickens Coffee House which is where he lived and worked for many years while running the newspaper. There are some shots of costumes on display in the ROH lobby, the Royal Ballet School, the police station building across from the ROH, a group that was performing in the Piazza, my room and other random shots.

Enjoy… Londons Calling!

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Day 1

Posted: August 4, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Well my first day was interesting… I got into Heathrow around 10am. I didn’t sleep well on the plane though I slept most of it. Eventually I got through customs and went to retrieve my luggage. When I finally got off the shuttle to pick up my bus, I realized I missed my first one. Fortunately, the driver was kind enough to let me on the later one with my old ticket. the cab drivers are out of their god loving minds. 90gbp for a ride to my hotel which keep in mind, the exchange rate was 1.82 usd for a pound. Yeah… over 100 dollars. No spank you!

I finally got to my room and needed to shower quick. Hopped on FB to message the dancer I was to be working with, to let her know I was running late. I was told it is a 15-20 min tube ride by the girl in the lobby. We were to meet at the Piazza in Covent Gardens. Sadly, I got there an hour late. GRRRRR. I hate that! Never caught up with the dancer. Hung out for a while hoping to see her to no avail.

From there, I walked up to the Royal Opera House and met with Igor Kolb of the Mariinsky. We did a shoot for Barre Boys. This was a blast! We shot on the rooftop of the ROH on their balcony.

the view from where we shot… Basically, this was my backdrop…

After our shoot, he invited me back to shoot rehearsal the next day. We said goodbye then I left. Before heading back to Watford for the night, I did manage to see some of Don Q. I was falling asleep and had a nasty headache so I left at first intermission. Seats were HIGH up there!!!

Off to the underground transport then the above ground. I don’t recall what time I got back. I stayed up for a while talking with my wife intermittently. I was glad to be able to chat with her some before I went to bed. As much fun as I am having here, I do miss my family terribly. Interesting start to the trip!

YIKES and WOW!!!! I can’t believe I leave in 5 days!!!!

So, the room I thought I had in Kensington is apparently not booked by me. Woooopsy! I am now staying at a Best Western in Watford?

Day 1:
My flight departs Philly at 9:50 Tuesday night. I arrive in London, Heathrow at 10am Wed morning. I will find my way to the hotel to check in then head back over to London to shoot. My first shoot is at 2pm with Desiree Ballantyne of ENB. Then I have some down time and go to see Mariinsky at 7ish do Don Q!

Day 2:
I have a shoot with James Burcher for Barre Boys in the morning then I meet up with Deanna Pearson for a shoot at 1pm. I met Deanna at the BIBC in May. She will be at the Royal School. Later that evening I will be meeting up with the gals from the Ballet Bag.

Day 3:
As of now, this is a slow work day, which is good! I will be working with Max Westwell of ENB for Barre Boys.

Day 4:
I am working with Ruth Brill and Araminta Wraith both of ENB.

Day 5:
I have a day off, completely??? WHAT? Odd.

Day 6:
Shooting with Elsa Goddard of ENB and Tom Whitehead of Royal Ballet.

Day 7:
I am working with Laura McCulloch of Royal Ballet. this one is very special to me as she was in the RB when I shot them back in 2007. she is in my RB gallery from swan lake. So this is a wonderful moment for me!!

Day 8: I come home. My flight leaves London at noon.

*** There are others I am still working on that haven’t been confirmed yet…