Dancers and motion . . .

Dancers Edward Spots and Lindsey Miller at Lois Greenfield Workshop - NYC

Dancers Edward Spots and Lindsey Miller at Lois Greenfield Workshop - NYC

Katlyn Lacoste

Katlyn Lacoste

At the end of September, I had the chance to spend a weekend in New York at a workshop in dance photography taught by Lois Greenfield.  Lois is an amazing photographer with a wide network in the New York dance community so not only did we get a chance to learn about studio work, we also got to shoot some amazingly talented dancers.  It was truly a pleasure to work with people who not only have the athletic talent but also the creative ability to take concepts and turn them into motion and design. I asked Edward and Lindsey to simply make eye contact with one another and for Edward to jump as Lindsey raised her leg but stayed stationery.  This was the wonderful result.  Working with dancers over that weekend got me thinking about motion and the kinetic sense of the body, especially when shooting the nude.  The female nude figure -- especially in fine art -- seems to often be shot in static ways that seem to communicate either the graphic sense of the body or an emotion . . . but what about motion and energy itself?  A couple of weeks after the Greenfield workshop, I had a chance to shoot again with a friend and amazing model -- Katlyn Lacoste.  Katlyn loves motion and we shot some wonderful images of her leaping against a white wall.  Hopefully you can see the influence of the Greenfield workshop in this image.  What a wonderful sense of the energy of the body Katlyn conveys. 

And what pleasure to work with such talented people!