As I've found myself taking more and more photos of dancers for work and developing my skills in dance photography, I've tried to take more notice of the kinds of photography work that inspire me. By no means do I ever want to copy any of these styles, but as I work to develop my own unique point of view through photography, these artists inspire me to keep pushing....
Since coming on the scene in 2008, the Ballerina Project photographer Dane Shitagi created a haunting world of ballet photos in which gorgeous dancers are juxtaposed with often harsh or dreary settings. The black and white series captures both the beauty and grace of the ballerinas, with an underlying melancholy.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Dancers Among Us photographer Jordan Matter, manages to capture an exuberance for everyday life through the seemingly spontaneous outbreak of movement and joy from his subjects. I love the rich and fun quality of all his photographs.
Photographer Oliver Endahl has taken instagram by storm with his contemporary ballet photos as part of his ongoing Ballet Zaida project, which includes film work, choreography, and even a leotard line. His photos have a compelling fresh quality with a fashion-photography sensibility. It's no wonder Free People elected to collaborate with him on their dance wear photo shoot (which coincidently was shot at The Music Center's Disney Concert Hall!)
This London-based photography team, Amber Hunt and Arnaud Stephenson, take beautiful photos of dancers, performances, rehearsals and backstage shots with the English National Ballet. Amber is actually a dancer with the company, allowing her to truly capture an inside look. With brilliant exposures and compelling angles, their photography is a huge inspiration to me in my work.
To see some of my own dance photography visit my portfolio here.