The Crossroads is a historic piece created by Anita Harvey and is the story of Robert Johnson. The Rhythm & Blues artist that sold his soul to the devil at the local Crossroad bar in return for success as a musician. Although he died a young age, his music lives on. Here are series of images from both the performance and the practice rehearsals. Normally there would be dress rehearsals in which I’d normally spend time photographing but this show was a part of a BA course at NTU/Nottm College.
Anita Harvey. Bethany Teague. Malachi Minto. Chris Brayford. Sophie Mumby. Lauren Frost.
The Dance4 workshop was a day event I attended put together by Paul Hill and Maria Faulconer designed specifically for photographers to capture artistic images of what was happening in front of their lenses and was the very thing that opened my eyes to dance and sparked my interest in it. From then on I became positive that this had to become a part of my photographic life and in a big way.
Dance4. Paul Hill. Maria Faulconer.
Another privilege I have had is to work with individual dancers who I realize are becoming quite successful.
Ellie Mai-Jackson. Kiera Gory.
A while back I had the opportunity to work for a student run photographic agency called Focus Central and one such job was the Dance Divas performance at The Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham. I had the pleasure of watching one of the sweetest and most energetic musical performances I’ve seen in a long time.
When I took up photography as a passion I never once realised I’d become a lover of dance and movement. Photography is more than just having the ability to see the external world with the eyes, it’s a lesson in the art of seeing the world with the heart and the soul. It also opens you up to new ways of expression. Seeing from within.
Dance is a mixture of expressive formats. It’s visual and emotional, formal and contextual and so on. To have a camera (cameras in this instance) at hand enables me to capture essences you’d only see briefly through live or video performance and its also a means of changing the narratives on occasions by including part frames so you’re only focusing on the part of the body
that we most associate with dance and movement. Legs.
The series then becomes a study of an anatomic nature. The muscle definition. The movement.The muscle waves. Tension and relaxation. Also, the gentle flow of movement performed by other limbs. This is also a story of the brain. A story of cognitive thought. The idea that someone could be ridiculed for their intellect in other regions but become a master in this art. Nothing is needed but a spirit, a body, a heart and a free mind to express in a language that talks volumes.
It’s an international voice.
Photography has taken me, so far, on a journey both physically and mentally. I couldn’t wish for anything more. Thanks to many people, I’ve gone from hitting rock bottom, to being content through arts and faith.
Dance Forever. Forever Dance.