The Machinations of a Photographers Mind

The Mime Photo Shoot

The word mime is derived from an ancient Greek word which means “imitator or actor”. Mime developed into a theatrical form in ancient Greece. When Rome conquered Greece it adopted this form of theater as means of entertainment. From there it took root in the Middle Ages as performers donned comical masks and exaggerated acting styles in order to draw attention to themselves.

The creation of the modern form of mime is credited to Etienne Decroux and his pupil Jean-Louis Barrault.

I based my photo shoot on mimes. When I think of mimes; comedy and white gloves are the first 2 things that pop into my mind. So I decided to use over sized cartoon gloves to serve as the props. Then I went with the more traditional white gloves and let the model express himself as he saw fit while letting the gloves frame his actions.

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