Monday, June 23, 2008

Elements of Dance...completed!


Wow, it's good to realize that...we made it!
Elements of Dance is complete and you can enjoy the photos that have been selected by just scrolling down here.
You might want to start from Cesar's images that are 4 posts down...and work your way up to Deborah's. This way you follow the development in time of those images.
I was asked by some of you to make the photos a little bigger and add more of my personal perspective that contributed to creating those images so... enjoy and let me know what you think by leaving a comment so we make this blog more lively!

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7 comments:

Tim said...

Paolo, these are outstanding! What flash units are you using? You are inspiring me to get out there and create. Thank you so much for including me.

Paolo said...

Tim, thank you so much for your comment, it really means a lot for me!
I have two Nikon SB-600 speed lights. That's all. Sometimes I'd like to have more power but, after all, they do their job pretty well. As I say in the blog, they are remotely controlled by the on camera flash and I can adjust the exposure on either of them from -3 to +3 stops. The only problem, they go through a set of rechargeable AA batteries really quick.
Tim, thanks again for you note, I really appreciated it!

Smartix said...

@Tim and Paolo:
these are the dance photographers that Mikhail Baryshnikov recommended:Brodovitch, Himmel, Ilse Bing, Irving Penn

Smartix said...

and he also said:"I wanted the audience to see, to be able to imagine, the movement before and after, not just the frozen moment"

Bela Adu said...

To sum things up, in my opinion Earth and Air are the winners for the best match between the picture and the preset symbol. However, I like the Water pictures most. I’d call them ‘Fire on Water’ or ‘Fire and Water’ or something like this, but they surely made the strongest impression on me. One more thing … the ‘Fire’ pictures, the dancer and the atmosphere of those photos, made me think of Fred Astaire. Is Cesar a tap-dancer by any chance?

Paolo said...

Bela, I'm not sure if Cesar is also a tap-dancer but I wouldn't be surprised if he were though! The inspiration for those photos was actually Gene Kelly in "singing in the rain", but also your point is well taken!
Thanks again for your comments.

Bela Adu said...

You got me ... I was thinking of those tap-dancing movies that I've seen ages ago. The name Fred Astaire came to mind, but it might well have been a Gene Kelly movie. It was Cesar's attitude that tricked me, he looks a lot more like Fred Astaire.