Every photographer looks for an inspiration. There is always a reason behind any series of pictures they make. Tired of photographing dancers on stage, famous photographer David Perkins decided to do what was done a long time ago.
I have been photographing dancers for almost ten years now. Primarily my work with them has had a large amount of production to it. Studios, lighting, hair, make up. It can get expensive and exhausting. A couple of years ago I began a portrait series with the intention of bring it back to the basics. Bring the joy back to my work with dancers.
His idea was different!
“I tried to think of a type of project I could do. What had been done before? Everything had been done before. But then I realized, that was a lie. Dancers, are almost always seen performing. They are seen on stage, or on the screen, or even out around New York City among the many landmarks. What you never see are dancers at home, just being themselves. So that is what I began to focus on.”
His collection of pictures in this series is a beautiful treat to watch with dancers being themselves doing what they usually do at home, carrying out with their routine.
Whether it’s teaching the kid in the family to dance,
or to just practice when alone.
“Dancers in their Home Stage. No lights. No studios. No hair or make up done. Just dancers being themselves… well, sort of.”
This time, their home is their stage.
What an incredibly gorgeous collection of pictures!
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