Photographing Mimes

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I remember that as a child the sight of some one with a ghost white face and who refused to talk, really scared me. It made me feel uncomfortable. Until recently I did not realize that there is actually a scientific name given to the fear of mimes. "Metamfiezomaiophobia is more specifically related to mimes. But it is also a term used in a more generic way to describe the phobia in which fear of people in masks of any kind is prevalent." www.jedword.com

Just in case you are not familiar with the term or what these artistic engage in , here is some more information:

"A mime artist... is someone who uses mime as a theatrical medium or as a performance art involving miming, or the acting out a story through body motions, without use of speech. In earlier times, in English, such a performer would typically be referred to as a mummer. Miming is to be distinguished from silent comedy, in which the artist is a seamless character in a film or sketch" Wikipedia

Mimes are creative artists who sometimes seem to defy the laws of gravity or at least the laws of common sense. I have never until recently paid attention to doing a photography project that centered around mimes.

Yet if you attend shows, many circus events, parades and other venues you are bound to see some. This project is concerned with capturing images that record mimes of many styles and genders and poses.

For the project to be successful it should focus on trying to create scenes that are creative and innovative. You may just as well hire some models and seek the assistance of a makeup artist to help you create mime designs that although seem to fit the widely "accepted" look of mimes, have enough variations and different nuances that makes them not fit the mold as well as those that stay true to the "original" mime look.

Keep in mind that your audience must be able to tell that the photographs they are looking at are of mimes, if they can not, then the project has not fulfilled its intentions.

Among your schemes should be single mimes, groups, female, males, children. Among the poses or make up themes should the standard ones, sexy ones, comical and even dramatic. Shots should include close ups, face shots, full body and performance scenes.

The project is very open for creativity so it is worth it to experiment with various set ups. angles, perspectives, in color and monochromes.

Don't be afraid to utilize digital techniques to manipulate some images as well and to add digital backgrounds. If you are handy with a computer and have access to a good digital editing program, this can really take your photographs to new heights.

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teaches12345 3 years ago

I am fascinated by mimes and would love the opportunity to photograph some in action. Thanks for the advice.


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LuisEGonzalez 3 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

teaches12345: Thank you

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