On the first day I met Victoria, she was introduced to me as a dancer but in all our times working together, dance has only played a peripheral role in our images; Victoria has, from time to time, tried dance poses during a figure session but generally the dance and the modeling have remained separate.
On this particular occasion, however, it was the dance that was the
subject of the images. Victoria, and a friend of her, Jill, needed
portfolio photos of their dancing, and I was more than happy to
volunteer to do the job, though I'd never tried making dance photos
Fortunately, the studio we had for the morning was full
of light and this, combined with high-speed film (Ilford 3200 in black
and white, and Fuji 800 in colour), made the process more then feasible.
Working with the two dancers was quite a challenge for me as I am used
to working with static subjects and, given that dance is all about
movement, there were very few images that were totally static.
After an hour of photographing, I'd learned a good number of things and made a number of successful images. The challenge of working with such a different subject was really enjoyable, and I hope to eventually return to work more with dancers, though first I have to overcome the issue of backdrops - more then half the successful images are marred by the pipes and radiators in the background.