These are all workshops that I’ve taught at different places, and want to offer again — probably in new ways.  I’m talking with several  conference centers, but also invite you to consider these for your school, your church, or your community group.

About Listening

Listening is the core activity in almost all of our social and work lives — and yet how little time and effort we spend perfecting this skill!  And too often when we should be listening, we’re really preparing to talk, plotting our course, processing our emotions, or even tuning out completely.  In this workshop we’ll practice active listening, offering feedback to test our understanding, and formulating questions that clarify what was already said.  We’ll identify common behaviors that get in the way of listening, and best practices that can help us all.

Photography as Journal Keeping

Photography can be just snapshots, or deeper expressions of feelings, perceptions, ideas, memories. We’ll experiment with deeper ways to see, experience, and feel — using a camera.  This is NOT a technical class on photography, and in fact you don’t even need to bring a camera with you.  Just bring an open mind, open eyes, and (if you have one) an image that means a lot to you.

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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 »

Some recent dance images

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.

The Equus Project -- photo by Arthur Fink

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.)

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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 »

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Dance!

October 23, 2009

copyright 2009 by Arthur Fink

copyright 2009 by Arthur Fink

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.

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:

All of these dance images, and others on my photography web site, are for sale.  Please inquire.  Also, I have a book, Dance! that is for sale on Amazon, or directly from me.

© 2009 Arthur Fink

© 2009 Arthur Fink

© 2009 Arthur Fink

© 2009 Arthur Fink

© 2009 Arthur Fink

© 2009 Arthur Fink

© 2009 Arthur Fink

© 2009 Arthur Fink

These are just two of the many images shot at the Bates Dance Festival 2009 . . . soon to be printed as an archival portfolio.

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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.

The energy of dance

September 26, 2009

The energy of dance

photograph by Arthur Fink

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