Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday by Matter Jordan

Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday by Matter Jordan

Author:Matter, Jordan [Matter, Jordan]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Published: 2012-10-22T16:00:00+00:00


In the Banyans (p. 99 ) I was in Sarasota shooting at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, and I spotted this particularly impressive Banyan tree. I sent a text to the Sarasota Ballet director, Iain Webb, asking for a dancer who could scale the tree. He sent me Ricardo, whom I had photographed successfully the day before on Siesta Beach. I only had a twenty-minute lunch break to capture this image. Ricardo was holding a vine that was swinging back and forth, and it’s the only thing keeping him from falling to the ground. It took tremendous strength to stay up there for fifteen minutes.

You Are Here (pp. 100-101 ) I knew early on that I wanted to get out of the “pretty picture” box that defines many dance photographs, but it wasn’t always easy to do. Kristina is a beautiful woman, so shooting her hanging from a Dumpster with a cigarette in her mouth wasn’t exactly my first instinct. Taking this photo reminded me that beauty comes in all forms, and it inspired me to continue looking for less glamorous settings and scenarios.

Le Backpacker (p. 103 ) A relaxing family vacation became an intense work trip when I stumbled upon a dance studio while exploring Montreal. I was so excited to find a wealth of beautifully trained dancers, and I just couldn’t resist. Since Hudson and I went for daily adventures on the subway, it seemed like an obvious choice for a photograph as well. Nathan jumped seventy times in the span of forty minutes while Hudson fell asleep on the platform floor behind me. Not my proudest parenting moment.

Building America (pp. 104-105 ) As I drove with Jamila and Kelli to Joshua Tree, California, I was fascinated by the vast wind turbines littering the landscape outside of Palm Springs and knew I had to include them in a photo. We took this practice shot as I waited for the train to clear the frame. I was so preoccupied with the wind turbines that I didn’t even see the magic of the passing train. I took forty-five more images, always waiting as the trains flew by. Sometimes we don’t see what’s right in front of us.

View Finder (p. 110 ) This was the first of many photographs I took that could be titled, “Will you risk your life for me?”

To the Moon (p. 112 ) I spent more than an hour shooting Houston Ballet dancers Charles-Louis Yoshiyama and Kelly Myernick in Rocket Park at the Johnson Space Center, only to discover this shot ten minutes before I had to leave for the airport.

Fill ’Er Up and Pier Pressure (p. 113 ) Like all the photos in the book, these two images are absolutely, positively not digitally altered, despite many people’s assumptions to the contrary. Can Victor really jump fifteen feet in the air (he did drive several hours from Colorado Springs for the shoot, so maybe he was feeling particularly energetic after being cooped up)? Can Marissa really


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