I was asked to take photos during a Feb. Playwrights Festival by a local theatre company.
During a panel discussion, the celebrity playwright, Jack Heifner, was asked how he felt about following the historical record when writing a play concerning historical figures. The title of this thread is as close as i can remember to his reply. He said that if you don't tell a good story, then customers won't come out to see your play and the work is for naught. Then some concept like interpretive story telling was brought out. None of the 3 professionals on the panel had a problem with those statements, by the way.
Then it struck me like a deja vue event, this is just like the photography question of how much and which methods one should use in post processing images. Alain Briot, of course, has a column on Lula where he talks about which processing methods he uses for art as compared to which ones Ansel Adams used.
A friend and I have been decorating the lobby of this theatre for 3 years with photos from the dress rehearsals for each new play. And doing it in an artistic manner (or at least we try :-)), frequently incorporating 3D objects with the photos, hanging images from the ceiling during one notable play about dogs, all with only infrequent adjustments/suggestions from management.
Art transcends artificial barriers between painting, photography, sculpture and performance arts, its all good and can be used to augment the other. So i find it not that unusual that a concept from playwriting about interpretive story telling has its parallels in photographic art.
I don't know if many of you visit art galleries, but i do it at least monthly and look at paintings as much as photographs. Co-op galleries are my favorite because when business is slow, the artists tending the gallery are more than glad to discuss their art with you. Artists have much in common.