backstage I backstory


back-back_compback-back_compAmazing visual opportunities unfold during the development of performing arts productions.
They can be more interesting than opening night. It's a bit like street photography done backstage.
The rehearsal process is where a performance's creativity happens and is where characters, timing, movement and relationships are born.
This project is based on the work of actors, singers, dancers, directors, choreographers, technicians, & musicians.
These are not documentaries, instead they are their own work using the participants creative energy to make evocative images.
I am very grateful for the access to these artists and their patience with my presence.

“You don't take a photograph, you make it.” Ansel Adams


Project Concept

Backstage/Backstory is about creating evocative images from performing arts rehearsals. It is photographed exclusively at rehearsals of performing arts groups where access and opportunities abound.

This is not a documentary. It's an image making project using the creative energy of actors, singers, dancers, directors, choreographers, technicians, & musicians. Full photographic documentation of these programs is available from the photographer.

Public performances in the arts are dramatic, obviously, but there are also delightful visual opportunities in rehearsals. This is where much the creative, artistic expression is born. The project uses the participants - actors, singers, dancers, directors, choreographers, conductors & musicians - and their creative energy as vehicles to make expressive images.  It often captures the complexities of the creation process in a stripped down almost minimalist way.

The participating production groups have been universally enthusiastic about the results. Additionally, they have access to the final images - typically hundreds of them - for their own use, at no cost.

Should your group be interested in participating in this project, please contact Dan Derby via “contact” section of this website.