Dance Photography by a Toronto Wedding Photographer
With 21 years of photography behind me I can definitely say that you come to appreciate the world differently.Whether you’re out and about on your downtime or taking in a movie, what you see and the way see it will most likely differ than the people around you who don’t live photography everyday. Noticing how the warm light of a later sun illuminates a cityscape or how a director was able to capture your attention with only the use of light or lack there of, these little idiosyncrasies can sometimes best describe the thought processes of a lifetime photographer.
Photographing dance, be it modern or classical, gives me an opportunity to act as the movie director and through my use of light I attempt to describe what inspires me when I observe the art of dance. I have shot dance commercially for many years and yet have found little time to explore my appreciation for the art photographically. When shooting year end photos for a dance company your goals are a little different, you’re faced with shooting each subject in 1-2 min’s or less and the final image must be solid. We do this with a tried and tested commercial set and crew so that our clients can be assured that the day is a success. You don’t want to be getting too funky with these shoots, considering the hundreds of parents expecting good results.
When we shoot the same dancers performing on stage, the circumstances are different yet again. We can express our creativity much more than with year end photos, but we’re still bound by the lighting and confines of the theatre. Nevertheless, the theatre does present us with some great opportunities to capture instances of a performer at there best. We see the art of dance differently than the audience and this is our chance to share our insight and appreciation of the dancers and the studios that nurtured their craft.
In the fall of 2013 I decided I’d like to express how I see the art of dance on my own terms without any restrictions or limits, so I called upon a friend who also happens to be a professional dancer and we agreed to explore some options. Ultimately, I’d like to collaborate with a variety of dancers, modern and classical, in hopes of assembling a gallery of images portraying dancers in various instances of light and composure. I feel the two arts, dance and photography, share many elements of expression with a potential like no other to engage an audience both visually and emotionally.
I will be looking forward to working with more creative dancers over the next few years and I’m open to any candidates interested in participating in this project. Some of this work can be seen in my dance gallery,
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