Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Ballerina - Part 1

I was thrilled when my friend Julie, who has danced world-wide as professional ballet dancer, agreed to be the subject of my first personal project.  We collaborated on the idea and this project has been unofficially dubbed "The Ballerina", consisting of three location shoots.  My goal is to create visual and mental juxtaposition by comparing and contrasting the common "idea" of a ballerina via the use of different locales. When most people, particularly those who are unfamiliar with performing arts, think of ballet or a ballerina, words that typically come to mind are: tutus, beauty, fluid, natural, grace, gentle, form, perfection, posture, etc.  I thought it would be interesting to take this mentality and use locations other than the stage as a means to show a real connection between ballet and the world around us, as well as to show other interesting and underlying sides/characteristics that make up a ballet dancer, i.e. lines, strength, tension, chaos, focus, stability, composure etc., from an artistic point of view.

Below are a few selects from our first location, Graffiti Alley in Baltimore, MD...enjoy.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Brings Me Back...

I had the opportunity to sit in on one of Julie's ballet classes again - this time with the little ones!  Gosh, were they cute.  It made me think back to when I was a little ballerina myself and it made me wish I never gave it up (I discovered sports instead..).  :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Mike took me on a little day trip to NYC a few weeks ago and it was awesome.  We saw Chicago, had some Pho for the first time with my MOH, and best of all, went to the International Center of Photography Museum.  The best exhibit was the Magnum Contact Sheets from the 1930s to present - I can't really describe the awesomeness. Anywho, here are some photos from the trip...