I shot this dance dress rehearsal last night. I was loving the silhouettes.
And now, time to work on my Senior thesis.
Before last night, I hadn’t shot any dance in a few months. I was quickly reminded of how much I genuinely enjoy shooting dance performances like these, though. I’ve shot countless performances at Goucher, and the choreography and displays of light and color have consistently made for good pictures.
‘Looked at but Not Seen‘ was one of the best I’ve seen in that regard. I don’t know anything about dance, but visually, it was pretty stunning.
Chaotic moments with dancers and objects going in every direction were balanced by lonesome, quiet, and intimate ones.
I think these two photographs show that duality.
I had a front row seat so I could get photographs, and the energy coming out of some of the performances was invigorating. I couldn’t stop clicking my shutter.
It’s a shame that the Hyman Forum’s plain wooden paneled backdrop is so disgustingly boring, because it really detracted from these vibrant displays of rhythm, song, spoken word, dance, and color.
And because I know that the lighting is always so awful on that stage, I figured I’d play around with exposure and motion this time around. The movements were so fast in most of the acts, so I decided to emphasize the blurring.
The show certainly got everyone amped up for a dark, sweaty, and crowded after-party dance in the Gopher Hole later that night.
*The Chronicle of Higher Education published the article last week, as well as a gallery of my photographs from the rehearsal. Click here to view the article and gallery!*
Lately, I’ve been very lucky to come across so many excellent opportunities that will help me as I prepare to graduate from Goucher College.
The Chronicle of Higher Education will shortly be unveiling a new blog to add to their website. Included in the first group of posts will be a story on the production of “The Myth and Madness of Edgar Allen Poe,” a dance performance created by renowned director, choreographer, and Goucher faculty member, Christopher Fleming. I was asked to take photographs of the dress rehearsal for The Chronicle.
I sent them a sampling of the different types of shots I got from Sunday’s rehearsal, which included close-ups, medium range shots, and wide shots. My photographs will be used in the blog post, as well as in a slideshow consisting of 20-25 of the images I sent them.
The dance program is very popular at Goucher, so I’ve shot lots of rehearsals and performances during my time here.
The lighting is never good, and because I’m not a dancer at all, I have no idea what to expect out of these performances. Shooting dance is always challenging, and that’s why I enjoy it so much. It forces you to really focus on what you’re doing.