Birmingham Photographer – ‘Van Gogh Alive’ at the Birmingham Hippodrome
It was fantastic to be back working at the Birmingham Hippodrome last week.
The theatre, which has been closed for 6 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, finally reopened its doors to the public on 8 October hosting Van Gogh Alive – “a multi sensory experience giving visitors the sensation of walking inside the paintings of one of the world’s most famous artists”.
Live performances are not currently viable due to health and safety restrictions, as a result the Hippodrome has been forced to adapt, not just its business model but the whole interior of the theatre.
The auditorium and stage area of the venue has now been merged into one large open exhibition space.
As well as photographing the guests and visitors enjoying the preview night, I was also in the theatre earlier in the day recording the changes to the venue and getting some high quality images of the exhibition minus the visitors.
It was an odd experience photographing an opening night of an event with social distancing and face masks, but I guess this is the new normal!
Despite the darkness and facial coverings I still managed to spot and photograph VIP guests such as BRB Director Carlos Acosta (pictured below) and the Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street.
The Van Gogh Alive Experience runs at the Hippodrome until the end of December.
See more of my theatre and arts photography in the gallery: https://www.simonhadley.co.uk/gallery/editorial-photography/