I had the privilege of traveling to NYC and spending a weekend at a workshop hosted by the very talented and genuinely wonderful Rachel Neville. Unlike many classes, this was not about having a master photographer do something and then trying to repeat. We spent some time on technical aspects of form and lighting, and then began working with a range of contemporary and classical dancers under Rachel's watchful eye. Thus the creative process, from working with the dancers to define a vision, to working out an a lighting setup, and finessing the pose was all on each of us. The seven other travelers on this journey provided additional insight and inspiration through the sharing of their stories and creative processes.
I had the pleasure of meeting and working with some amazing talented dancers across a wide spectrum of styles: Melvin, Marika, Sloan, Ted, Ramona and Anabel. Thank you all for sharing your time, talent and stories with me.
With dance, sometimes the color helps tell the story, as I believe it did here. Though, the black and whites really highlight the shape so well. We had one miscue with Ted and Ramona and he had to bring her back down safely but not exactly gracefully. The resulting moment was a keeper the showed their friendship so well.