The Ballerina

This was a special photo session.  A mother called me asking for senior photos for her high school daughter.  I always recommend that students bring something to the session that is important to them at this time in their life. Her mother mentioned that her daughter is a ballerina and may want to incorporate that. I was thrilled.

Since I was a little girl I have loved the artist Degas. I remember being at a museum as a child and seeing my first Degas. It was the statue Little Dancer of Fourteen Years. I was transfixed. From that moment ballerinas didn’t just perform an art, but they became art.  As a teenager my uncle gave me a replica of that statue and I treasure it.  I have always been more drawn to that statue than to the artists other work on canvas. I like to see the focus on the ballerina and not the stage around her.

Several blogs ago I mentioned juxtaposition.  I love it.  My eye is immediately drawn to things that don’t belong together, but work so well.  I also like breaks in pattern.  For this shoot, I wanted the background of my photos to be primary subjects like the ballerina.  I wanted the strong backgrounds to show either juxtaposition between the two, or I wanted the background to inspire the form you see the ballerina take. In my mind, the world inspires music and music inspires the ballerina. I wanted to cut out the middle man and have the surroundings directly inspire the story of the ballerina .

While we did do a part of the shoot just focused on her senior photos.  The ballerina agreed to become a model for me for these fine art photos. We did both the session and the photo shoot in the same morning. The photos from the ballerina fine art shoot will be featured in the commercial work area of my website and some of the images will be available for purchase.

 

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