Ashley Deranhas, a senior dance major at Western Michigan University, finds solace from the rush of every day life in photography. Stumbling into dance photography almost by accident, she quickly realized her love for shape and natural sense of timing translated incredibly well into images. Two of her photographs are featured for this month’s Sunday Snapshot.
If you’re in London be sure to check out the exhibition, A Flash of Light: The Dance Photography of Chris Nash, which covers over 60 of Nash’s original prints and photographs in a unique collection that explores his imaginative and innovative dance photography.
Photograph of Out There danced and choreographed by Sun-A Lee. Captured at Esplanade Theatre Studio on 27th August 2010 by Matthew G. Johnson, a photographer based in Singapore.
His interest in capturing dance was borne out of an ongoing personal project to explore the theme of movement in his photography. “Since we naturally move around in our clothes,” Paul explains, “I am interested to capture an aspect of movement in my work, mainly from a fashion point of view. The natural extension of that was to incorporate dance
Based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, Marc Benjamin is a Master Photographer, a title earned by less than 2.5% of all the professional photographers in the world. Marc is also a national level speaker, teaching photographers how to position and light and find angles for people to make them look good. He uses a combination of natural light and precision flash photography techniques for his work.
“One day I got together with one of my students and we decided to experiment with the camera in the studio. Out of all the photos from that day the featured photo is one of my favourites. I have been enjoying experimenting with dance and photography over the past three years and I look forward to learning more. Dance is my passion. Directing girls in front of the camera is my new form of dancing.”