January 31, 2010
This text is from the preface to my book of dance photography, Dance!, which is available directly from me, or from Amazon.com. The book includes full page reproductions of all the images in galleries Dance 1 and Dance 2 on my photography web site, www.arthurfinkphoto.com.
I document the work and energy that goes into dance — not just the final performance. Being in the studio as dances are created, or even as dancers prepare themselves, feels like being in a delivery room as children are being born. Amidst pain or anguish, tempered with rhythm and support, and bolstered with faith, new life emerges. It’s physical, sometimes sensual, often spiritual. Too often this process is ignored, as image makers look only at the final result — the dance. Read the rest of this entry »
January 2, 2010
These five images are available on a special sale — $150 each, with 20% off if you buy two or more. They were archivally framed for Portland’s “Black Frame Art Sale”, in 12″ x 12″ frames. You can pick them up in my office, or have any number of them shipped for $16. Payment can be via check, or paypal.
November 29, 2009
These pictures were taken of the Equus Projects — a company of dancers who work mostly in relationship with horses on the ground. This is not about fancy riding, but about dancing between species. I had the privilege here to work with Joanna Mendl Shaw and some of their dancers as they first got to really meet these wonderful horses.
(Of course all of these images are for sale as archival framed prints.)
Continue to see more images in this series. Read the rest of this entry »
October 28, 2009
I had just moved to Portland, Maine, intending to leave my consulting career and open a commercial photography studio. In those days we didn’t have personal computers with desktop publishing software, and so I hired a designer to produce my business card, letterhead, etc.
Her suggestion: “Your work is so graphic, and so visually strong . . . take pictures of something like dancers, and use these on each printed piece”. And so I did — set up my strobe lights and a nine foot wide roll of white background paper, invited dancers from a local modern company, and my own dance began!
Making good art can be painstakingly slow, but my first attempt at dance photography was easy, exhilarating, and spiritually fulfilling. She struck a pose, and I snapped. I moved a bit, adjusted, and clicked again. She moved. Click. And on we went. I found myself drawn into a visual dialog. Later I would discover that it was actually a dance — although I’ll hasten to say that I’m not in any way a dancer. Read the rest of this entry »
October 24, 2009
October 23, 2009
I’m at St. Joseph’s College for their 5×5 dance festivals — to hang a show, photograph rehearsals, and teach a class on dance photography.
I document the work and energy that goes into dance — not just the final performance. Being in the studio as dances are created, or as dancers prepare themselves, feels like being in a delivery room as children are being born. Amidst pain or anguish, tempered with rhythm and support, and bolstered with faith, new life emerges. It’s physical, sometimes sensual, often spiritual. Too often this process is ignored, as image makers look only at the final result — the dance.
The class might have been entitled, “Seeing Dance like a Photographer”, as it will be much more about the process of seeing than about the technique of actually taking the picture. We’ll watch short live performances, and share our visions of the still images that tell the story of each dance — its energy, emotion, artistry, and visual pattern, and that might express our feeling on seeing this piece.
Talk to me about bringing this program to other venues. I believe it’s important for dancers to work at seeing themselves as others might see them.
October 17, 2009
I’ve set out to photograpaph the energy of dance, the culture of dance, the community of dancers. That might not mean catching the most perfect arabesque, or the highestt leap. It’s about photographing from within, from the heart, and giving expression to what I saw and felt.
Living at Bates for the whole festival, I was sharing, eating, attending classes and rehearsals with the dancers the whole time Here are just a few of my images from that experience:
October 5, 2009
These are just two of the many images shot at the Bates Dance Festival 2009 . . . soon to be printed as an archival portfolio.
September 27, 2009
I just came upon this essay by dance scholar Deborah Cash. What a wonderful short summary of what dance photography is becoming, and where it came from.