Guess what? Backstage at the Chinese opera is like a typical family outing nowadays. Everyone was busy with their phones and no one was talking or looking at one another. This Taiwanese actor is one of several performers joining the troupe this year. The Hokkien Opera, a fascinating component of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival is underrated and under-appreciated.
Remember what I said about making friends while taking pictures on the street? I met several members of the opera while walking with the parade on the first day. They invited me backstage for an intimate look and an explanation of their roles.
For this portrait in the dim dressing area, I used the Pana-Leica Summilux 25mm f1.4 lens. A Manfrotto ML240 LED Panel was mounted above the OM-D to create the catchlights in the eyes. The fine lens captured some light from the phone screen as well.