Exploring the “uppards” of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center

To get the shot of JR’s “eye” from above in Session 7, photographer James Duncan Davidson and photo editor Mike Femia spent a good deal of time climbing and crawling through the labyrinth of what I refer to as “the uppards” (as opposed to the innards) of the TED stage in Long Beach. Here are a few bird’s-eye views.

This is the view of the theater through a tiny hole above the stage.

Duncan negotiates precarious ladders and crickety steps to get the perfect shot.

Spying on a TED speaker from above.

 

Photos: Rachel Tobias / Mike Femia / Hani Hong