I’m real excited about this one, dudes.
You know I post a lot of performer pictures. They get a lot of spotlight (and of course they are incredible to watch) but there’s more to the show than the obvious. A couple months ago I donned a hard hat and some gaff-taped steel toes in order to tag along with the crew during load out. For those who aren’t circus folks, load out is a three-or-four hour period after the last show in a venue when the floor crew, light and sound teams, and local teamsters pack up the entire set and administrative offices, load it into semis, and send it down the road to the next town.
As a member of the band, Ben doesn’t need to participate in load out, but I’d always been curious about it. After discussing with Allen, the head of the sound department, I decided to bring the camera to document their hard work one week. These guys and gals work HARD and it’s incredible how quickly the whole rigging and ring can be dismantled and how [relatively] tidily the whole operation goes.
I’ve published all the images onto my portfolio site where anyone can download them in high-resolution (and without a watermark) for free (!). Feel free to repost or share wherever you’d like as long as you link back here. And if you do so, please consider supporting my work by becoming a patron of my circus archiving via Patreon. Your help allows me to focus my time on doing more projects like this.
Are you in the crew, do crew work elsewhere, or did you do roadie work in the past? Say hello in the comments.