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Mar 21, 2013

Episode 152: Crashing a Photo Shoot on Sydney Harbour

Opera Companies always allow me to come to photo shoots of my wife and dress rehearsals with the press when she's in the throes of a production. They welcome the extra publicity, and they usually facilitate the safe passage of their opera star's support crew (her husband).

Opera Australia was dealing with unions, floating building site regulations - the stage being on the water; generally a liability nightmare. I showed up for the big photo shoot without the OK from anyone, which sent up all the red flags....

Somehow, after donning a helmet, a fluorescent vest and a life jacket....  I was on the photo barge with both my large video camera on a tall tripod, and a stills camera.

The opera company ended up using my still shots and my slow motion HD video footage.

It's often best to go with the flow, and I think we all managed to do just that, and everybody won.

Rinat Shaham - Opera Singer

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The slow motion footage of Rinat at the end of this video is from this shoot:

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Mar 12, 2013

Episode 151: power of the moment:

This video is still attracting nice amounts of attention.

Marina Abramovic and Ulay in love during the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.

At her MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’  where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Her old lover Ulay arrived without her knowing:

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