September 5th, 2019.
I’ve only done one prior premiere at the Troxy Cinema in Limehouse, and that was earlier this year for “Once Upon A Time In London”. I found it tricky, to say the least : no outdoor Paparazzi, no dealers, 3+ directions of possible approach, two queues, and a movie starring nobody I could recognise. To say that I was totally out of my depth would be an understatement.
And yet here I was, again at the Troxy, for the premiere of a movie where even the mighty imdb.com has half the cast as grey ‘unknown’ silhouettes. INCLUDING the director. And just to make it slightly more challenging : I decided I’d only use my mobile phone.
With apologies to everyone for not burying this one much deeper down than this if you’re reading it, here’s how it went down:
So… did I really just photograph a premiere (no… a WORLD PREMIERE) without capturing a single person in the movie? Well… erm… yeah. It would seem so. In my (partial) defence, according to imdb, the movie has eight (8) credited stars, and five (5) of them have grey silhouettes as their profile picture, and overall only four (4) showed up.
Also, I think anecdotally they were inside the cinema at the time the doors opened (and I/we were there close to half an hour before that).
But… erm…. yeah. Probably one of those premieres I’m glad I can hide in a near-600 entry Archive where it’s unlikely to be found!
.. until next time!!
On the off-chance you’re interested in whether I continue to follow the path of noble humiliation over competence, feel free to follow me on facebook, or twitter, or perhaps see if I’m ever around the Troxy, looking for that second rematch I’m itching for to claw back some credibility!
Notes : this was a tough one, at least in part because of the mobile phone. Not necessarily because the phone wasn’t good (though it was highly erratic) - no, because I wasn’t anonymous at this premiere, which is what I’m used to. Behind a “full sized” camera, I feel pretty invisible, and also I think if you shoot with a larger camera, people (even the people you’re photographing) feel like “oh, you’re taking photos” with some level of importance.
But taking a photo of strangers with a mobile phone feels weird, possibly even more invasive than with a DSLR. Mobiles are used to take photos of meals, and the foam hearts on coffee, and dogs, and ‘unimportant’ everyday things. Standing on a roadside, using a mobile phone to shoot passersby? That seems intrusive and weird, and harder to justify.
I’m not sure I liked it…. but it might have been worth it to find out that I didn’t like it.