Lovely Lens Photography Theater Dance

I’m sure many of you have been wondering where I have been lately. My blog posts have been few and far between over the past few weeks. Things have been hectic with my senior thesis project and gallery opening coming up (plus my thesis defense!) so I have been a little tied up. The good news is that my gallery exhibit, “Anachronism” opens this coming Monday at 4 pm.

For those of you in Cazenovia, New York or nearby, the exhibit is at the Gallery at Reisman Hall at Cazenovia College. It consists of nearly 2,000 2″x2″ photographs from the past 110 years from my family archives. The exhibit illustrates the uses of personal photography and how technological advances, such as roll-film and digital photography, have impacted the way that people take and use personal photographs. In many cases, photographs are the only biographical material people leave behind after they pass on. “Anachronism” creates a timeline to demonstrate these concepts using my family ancestry as well as images from my own life.

Now for some fun news: On March 27th Lois Greenfield, a famous dance photographer, was in Syracuse to teach a workshop at Syracuse University. While I was unable to attend that workshop, I did have the honor to meet her at the Manlius Pebble High School where she was conducting a lecture and lighting workshop. (If you are unfamiliar with her work, please google her photography and prepare to be amazed! Ms. Greenfield also only photographs in film! I was so impressed.)

Four dancers form the school; Trevin, Rachel, Greg, and Emma, improvised dance routines as we photographed them under various theater lighting set ups. All I can say is WOW! They are amazing! Take a peek at my photographs to see what they can do. The dancers warming up:Emma and Greg:Trevin and Rachel: I later found out that this workshop was actually an audition for Trevin. Rachel and Trevin worked so well together and made up this incredible dance routine on the spot. They looked so connected when they danced. Trevin is a self-taught dancer who has only been dancing for one year! I love the motion blur here:Reminds me of Michael Angelo’s painting The Creation of Adam. The lighting was very difficult, but I am proud of some of the shots I was able to manage.You know how when people start to take photographs they often over shoot to get a good photograph? I believe that we are all guilty of this at some point or another. Lois Greenfield stated that we should “desensitize our eyes in order to capture the moment you want to take.” What she was saying was that we need to pay close attention to capture the moment rather than taking a ton of photographs hoping to capture something. Sometimes photo bursts work, but we need to train ourselves to capture a greater vision. 

This workshop inspired me. I think I would like to work on dance portfolios as a side to wedding photography. What do you think?


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