Continuing my exploration into minds of the performing artists, especially ballet dancers in order to understand what motivates them and how ballet dancing is done I recently had the chance to meet a young dancer in Hong Kong who agreed to be taken out of the normal environment and perform on the streets.
Dancing in a classic ballet group everything is in a way strictly connected to music. All movement is paralleled to a designed scenario with no exception for unplanned movements.
This year long trainings and rehearsals lead to a perfection and a strong trust in your own capabilities. This is a crucial factor that guarantees the success of an individual dancer at his/her performance. Spending many years at studying techniques the ballet academy offers, if possible, many dancers entrance in to professional companies where they perform in the back rows. This is one of the first actual practice for this young dancers to perform on stage in front of an audience.
Looking on Flickr, 500px and other photography sites I noticed that a ballerina in a public location looks just amazing. I tried to challenge myself to create something similar, but to get access to dancers isn’t as easy as I thought. After long enquiries and tries I actually had the chance to get in contact with very talented people and in doing so got the chance to take images with different dancers around the world, especially in Hong Kong.
While planning this photoshoot with Holly, I wanted to keep the looks very simple and classical of our photoshoot. A dancer in tutus with slight variations but still in the very recognisable elegance of a ballerina. By trying to keep a classic look in an uncommon otherwise rich environment, I thought to come up with some striking imagery. The dancer has been of striking quality without doubt. About the imagery you have to judge for yourself.