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I Photograph Dancers In Their Own Homes
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Art, Photography7 years ago

I Photograph Dancers In Their Own Homes

I have been photographing professional dancers for almost ten years now. Primarily my dance photography work 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 photography series with the intention to bring it back to the basics. Bring the joy back to my work with dancers.

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 showing out the dance moves in New York City among the many landmarks. What you never see are dancers at home, just being themselves. So these interesting photos are what I began to focus on.

Dancers in their Home Stage. No lights. No studios. No hair or makeup done. And even no colors in these black and white photos. Just dancers being themselves… well, sort of.

More info: davidperkinsphotography.com

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MassaGlobal
Community Member
7 years ago

Wow! Gorgeous Images with dance

Luspea
Community Member
7 years ago

Awesome! It's amazing how effortless it all looks.

Benny
Community Member
6 years ago

Female-to-male ratio: 15:2. Female underwear to fully-clothed ratio: 8:7. Male underwear to fully-clothed ratio: 0:2.

RitaCapela
Community Member
6 years ago

Amazing <3 congrats!

NickCharlesworth
Community Member
7 years ago

Love the idea and the photos!

AaronLoy
Community Member
7 years ago

awesome. just not while watching tv pls lol

JenTyler
Community Member
7 years ago

Absolutely lovely! Beauty, grace and power captured in these stunning works! Well done.

PamBlything
Community Member
7 years ago

Permission to share some of these photos please with a link to David's website?

HauntedSanDiego
Community Member
7 years ago

Any time they are jumping it makes me feel so joyful. It's like they're so happy they have to leap and it's like seeing a picture of my own heart in flight. Hard to put it into words! :-)

StevenMcDonnell
Community Member
7 years ago

Ah the comforts of home!

SyrCatalyst
Community Member
7 years ago

As usual the females are photographed in lingerie and other skimpy outfits while the token male shots were fully clothed. Just more soft porn disguised as 'art'.

AnnThorpe
Community Member
7 years ago

Really enjoyed it!

siyuan
Community Member
7 years ago

really nice to see

SuperGlugluAroulette
Community Member
7 years ago

I really love this!! Great work :D

AgnieszkaMrozowska
Community Member
7 years ago

Except for two photos, the rest is pretty average, I think.

AnnaMcHugh
Community Member
7 years ago

Jealous of all those long toes!

pajd
Community Member
7 years ago

beautiful!!

LyoneFein
Community Member
7 years ago

beautiful!

ionitunes
Community Member
7 years ago

Mostly too staged. No reflection on the dancers, just the choreography.

Community Member
7 years ago

I'm sorry to say, but you don't seem to have an understanding of dance photography or dancers. The only photographs not "staged" are photo journalistic. And even those are highly edited so that you only see what the photographer wants you to see. The dancers created the movements in each image themselves. Each move a dancer makes is a direct reflection of who they are as a person and every experience they've been through that makes them who they are as a dancer. Dancers are thoughtful and intentional. Every move they make is with purpose. So when you say "pose," a dancer and dance photographer would say "express." Choreography is a series of movements that are put together to express these thoughts, emotions and experiences. By using that term you have negated your entire statement.

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DianaCovell
Community Member
7 years ago

What? Dancers don't have clothes?

Imperfekt
Community Member
7 years ago

What are you talking about? They are all clothed. Some with long pants, tee shirts. Some with dance wear or athletic clothing. Do the ones who are more lightly dressed bother you that much?

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VikiThurman
Community Member
7 years ago

Honestly, most of these look staged. While I can believe someone sits around in a weird position watching TV, toe shoes to get coffee or cook? Twisting around on the floor to apply mascara? The backdrop of an unremarkable apartment does nothing to enhance the photos. Maybe find a different gimmick.

MassaGlobal
Community Member
7 years ago

Wow! Gorgeous Images with dance

Luspea
Community Member
7 years ago

Awesome! It's amazing how effortless it all looks.

Benny
Community Member
6 years ago

Female-to-male ratio: 15:2. Female underwear to fully-clothed ratio: 8:7. Male underwear to fully-clothed ratio: 0:2.

RitaCapela
Community Member
6 years ago

Amazing <3 congrats!

NickCharlesworth
Community Member
7 years ago

Love the idea and the photos!

AaronLoy
Community Member
7 years ago

awesome. just not while watching tv pls lol

JenTyler
Community Member
7 years ago

Absolutely lovely! Beauty, grace and power captured in these stunning works! Well done.

PamBlything
Community Member
7 years ago

Permission to share some of these photos please with a link to David's website?

HauntedSanDiego
Community Member
7 years ago

Any time they are jumping it makes me feel so joyful. It's like they're so happy they have to leap and it's like seeing a picture of my own heart in flight. Hard to put it into words! :-)

StevenMcDonnell
Community Member
7 years ago

Ah the comforts of home!

SyrCatalyst
Community Member
7 years ago

As usual the females are photographed in lingerie and other skimpy outfits while the token male shots were fully clothed. Just more soft porn disguised as 'art'.

AnnThorpe
Community Member
7 years ago

Really enjoyed it!

siyuan
Community Member
7 years ago

really nice to see

SuperGlugluAroulette
Community Member
7 years ago

I really love this!! Great work :D

AgnieszkaMrozowska
Community Member
7 years ago

Except for two photos, the rest is pretty average, I think.

AnnaMcHugh
Community Member
7 years ago

Jealous of all those long toes!

pajd
Community Member
7 years ago

beautiful!!

LyoneFein
Community Member
7 years ago

beautiful!

ionitunes
Community Member
7 years ago

Mostly too staged. No reflection on the dancers, just the choreography.

Community Member
7 years ago

I'm sorry to say, but you don't seem to have an understanding of dance photography or dancers. The only photographs not "staged" are photo journalistic. And even those are highly edited so that you only see what the photographer wants you to see. The dancers created the movements in each image themselves. Each move a dancer makes is a direct reflection of who they are as a person and every experience they've been through that makes them who they are as a dancer. Dancers are thoughtful and intentional. Every move they make is with purpose. So when you say "pose," a dancer and dance photographer would say "express." Choreography is a series of movements that are put together to express these thoughts, emotions and experiences. By using that term you have negated your entire statement.

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DianaCovell
Community Member
7 years ago

What? Dancers don't have clothes?

Imperfekt
Community Member
7 years ago

What are you talking about? They are all clothed. Some with long pants, tee shirts. Some with dance wear or athletic clothing. Do the ones who are more lightly dressed bother you that much?

Load More Replies...
VikiThurman
Community Member
7 years ago

Honestly, most of these look staged. While I can believe someone sits around in a weird position watching TV, toe shoes to get coffee or cook? Twisting around on the floor to apply mascara? The backdrop of an unremarkable apartment does nothing to enhance the photos. Maybe find a different gimmick.

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