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

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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