Thursday, July 07, 2016
Smile on a Summer Night
I took this picture in 1970, at a Russian ballet performance at Chennai's Music Academy. The dance from which this picture was taken was based on Ingmar Bergman's film, Smiles of a Summer Night (which in turn was inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream).
The reason for writing this is the manner in which I astonished myself by obtaining the picture in the quality that, at least to me, was most satisfactory: I had very ordinary SLR camera gear, and I was supposed to write the review in the next day's paper. Since someone else took my seat in the front row, I was in the fourth row instead, and had to fix an old-fashioned telephoto lens to my camera and then, to avoid shake during the long exposure that I needed, to insert the camera between two chairs in the row in front of my seat.
This caused pleasant disbelief, and today, as I post it on the blog, from a 46-year-old print (negative lost), a great deal of joy and satisfaction. I hope that my feeling will be shared by whoever views it, and will find justification.