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I shoot just one moment at a time. ... These moments are beneath the threshold of perception, it's often a moment when (the dancers are) falling, or they're going up, or two people are about to touch or something like that. Those moments are more expressive than the typical dance photo of someone in a perfect position on the ground or in the air.
And out of this improvisation comes a moment that can't be part of a dance, it becomes more of a personal moment, a moment about expressive gestures. And they're often, I call them, enigmatic or ambiguous moments.
Working improvisationally in my studio with dancers, it's completely different, we don't have any starting point, we don't have an end point. We don't have anything we are trying to show or do. The picture evolves from nowhere.
In some ways dance and photography are antithetical. Because (dance) happens in 360 degrees of space, according to musical intervals, a choreographed dance has to be performed in sequence; it's not just isolated movements. But I'm extracting one split second, which nonetheless kind of represents a sequence or is like a split-second dance.
It's a good example of 'moving still,' because she's moving and the ribbon becomes like a sculpture, it's really a very simple shot, and it's just what I like to call a miracle moment. ... It's just the right moment, where you feel that she's running in (the ribbon).
The pictures are in color. ... But for the most part, the colors are just the skin tones of the person, the backgrounds are either white, gray or black. And the clothing or fabrics are very, very neutral. I don't think it reads like color. I'm not looking at a colorful carnival.
He was basically juxtaposing pictures that seemed to tell a story when put side by side, either one dancer's movement led into the other picture or maybe there was a relationship between the dancers' shapes. ... He had a design strategy of pairing images that became very exciting, because the connotation of (one) picture could be expanded by the juxtaposition to another picture.
I want (viewers) to contemplate the mystery of what I'm presenting, because people don't know how I did it or what it is or why it is. I'd like them to enjoy that mystery and make it their own.
We don't have any starting point, we don't have an end point. We don't have anything we are trying to show or do. The picture evolves from nowhere.
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