// Danny is a passionate street, event, wedding, and portrait photographer from Essex. He candidly captures quirky and beautiful moments around him. Apart from photography, Danny enjoys all the arts. He shared a set of photographs from the Classical Spectacular at the venerable Royal Albert Hall in London.
“Stop It and Just DO.”
Jerry Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse
What draws you to the arts?
“I’ve always loved anything arty, love going to the theatre, and especially love immersive theatre.
I think about a letter I read “Stop It and Just DO”: Advice on Overcoming Creative Blocks, written by Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse in 1965. I’d advise everyone to read it in full. Here’s a snippet:
Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder, wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, numbling, rambling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself. Stop it and just DO.”
What impressed you most about this classical concert?
“The Classical Spectacular is a breathtaking event, with an unforgettable atmosphere. Lots of Union Jack flag waving, cannons blasting, strobe lights and fireworks. All in the breathtaking setting of the Royal Albert Hall.“
The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall in South Kensington, London and one of the U.K.’s most distinctive buildings. Opened by Queen Victoria in 1871, it is held in trust for the nation and managed by a registered charity. The Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall is a combination of popular classical music and state of the art technology. Danny´s photographs capture beautifully the flood lights, the multi-coloured laser displays, and the eye-popping special effects. This is a feast for the eyes and ears and a different way of experiencing classical music.
Sadly, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the temporary lockdown and closure of cultural venues, the next Spectacular with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra had to be postponed to November 2021. Meanwhile, enjoy Danny´s spectacular photography of this photogenic event.
If you would like to listen to a great reading of the letter DO that Danny recommends, you can watch Benedict Cumberbatch perform it here.
Click on the photos to see the full image.
All photos © Danny Jackson
To see more of his photography visit Danny´s Instagram page.
4 replies on “A CLASSICAL SPECTACULAR”
Danny’s work is fabulous but I hadn’t seen this series which for want of a better word is spectacular. Fabulous colour and vibrancy and great advice to just do. Not always easy to do but worth it. I’m loving Spectaculum and the artists you have presented to date are incredible in themselves.
Wonderful initiative and deeply enjoyed
Dear Bronagh, thank you so much for your enthusiastic feedback. This makes me very happy 😊 🙏 🙏 🙏
Dear Bronagh, Thank you so much! We love Danny´s spectacular photography, and we are so pleased you like this new platform.
Editor, Spectaculum Magazine
On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 10:29 AM SPECTACULUM MAGAZINE wrote:
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