Jan 15, 2014

Esplanade Interior: Fly Tower 1

The fly tower is a theatrical rigging system that allows for a crew to move everything from lights to set pieces from above the stage. During my exploration of the Esplanade's theatre, this was the area that I was most excited to get access to. 

After a few staircases, there was one more ladder up to the top of the fly tower and from there I was standing 80 feet above the main stage. The experience was made slightly more nerve wracking by the fact that I could see all the way down through the metal slats in the floor. I'm not really afraid of heights, but the vantage point did give me a rush from certain angles.  

This perspective of the Esplanade is one that most people never get to see, which is why I was so excited to be able to include it in my Around the Hat series. For a structure that I felt quite familiar with, this was a pleasant surprise that had me thinking about the hidden potential of some of the other locations that I've photographed. The lines and shadows created by the rigging were actually quite stunning in some cases, and it struck me in that moment what a unique opportunity I was given to be able to capture it.  

A good place for a shot of my feet.

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