I went to a ballet for the first time in my life just a couple of weeks ago. The real ballet, although I have seen some dance performances here and there. No judgement, please. I prefer theater, and avoided opera or ballet for a long time. Until I got to the age to at least try and see if I really don’t like it.
It turned out, I enjoyed it a lot. I was sitting on the balcony, looking at the graceful, calculated movements and thinking how this can be shown photographically. I studied the light and how the silhouettes moving on the scene interacted with it. When I came back, I went online, to search out for some work I knew about, photographs of dancers, to study how they are done.
Here are the links to some of my favorites, slow shutter motion images of dancing:
- Natural Dance – portfolio of beautiful movement in slow motion by Hal Easteman
- Curve and Rhythm – full of color and energy portfolios focusing on beauty of moving woman body by Cynthia Haynes
- Motion – study of dancers movement in subdued color, almost in monochrome to focus on form and gesture by Bill Wadman
- Nude – very similar in tones to Bill Wadman’s, yet completely different in technique and feel, finished movement portfolio by Shinichi Maruyama