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
Since 2006 Patrick has been photographing weddings throughout Germany, events in and around the Munich area as well as environmental portraits for families, children, actors and more recently dancers.
Though it may seem a million miles away from what he had been doing, Matt says he arrived at dance photography because he likes to challenge himself and wanted to combine the power and speed of rugby or motorsport with the technical and lighting skills he had developed while working in the studio. It was then that he stumbled upon Jim Markland’s dance photography workshop being held nearby.
“Dance and the arts are not anything new to me, but dance photography has definitely widened my horizons especially in the area of traditional/ethnic dance. I live in such a wonderfully cultural diverse region so am fortunate enough to be able to attend many events and festivals throughout the year.”
Dubbing these “Random Acts of Dance,” Randy describes the journey through Albuquerque’s city streets. “We started our Sunday morning at a Starbucks Coffee located at the Albuquerque Uptown mall to plan our day. We then took the photo shoot to a local park, and then ended up on Central Ave. (old Route 66) where the girls changed into jeans, and colorful pointe shoes to finish up the day.”
“From my perspective as a dance photographer, it’s about capturing the passion in the moments during a routine that translates the music visually to the audience through dance. A picture is worth a thousand words.” Of the young man in the photo above, Rene adds, “Austin does a great job of transferring his passion visually in this shot.”