Sometimes what you wish for comes true: in an earlier blog entry I not only hoped to photograph the dancers for the third time, but go backstage and give out my previous photos to the cast. Photographs by audience members is still permitted (it no longer is by the Shanghai Acrobats). And I was able to meet and give out my previous photos to dancers. Some had retired or moved on after seven years, but many had not. I was then allowed to sit right in front to again get some amazing shots, and the Manager talking about using my photographs in their advertising.
I am a 71 year old psychotherapist and photographer. When in college I wanted to be a cultural anthropologist, but I couldn't figure out how to do fieldwork in some remote part of the world with a wife and small daughter. So I changed my major to Sociology. I eventually became a clinical social worker. I burnt out on that field in my mid-thirties, and went to art school in commercial photography. However, in the end the best balance proved to be as a private practice psychotherapist, with photography as an avocation. This eventually synthesized with my original interest in indigenous cultures around the world (I've been to two dozen countries) photographing people for a book "One Planet -- One People".