to make a statement.
What other art form is so recognizable when the artist is not performing? I suppose the case could be made for a painter standing by his brushes and canvas, or a musician by his instruments, but I don’t think the impact is as profound as a dancer in costume. Especially when they are wearing pointe shoes.
What is it about pointe shoes that so quickly conveys the message? You could wear a bath robe and pointe shoes and everyone – well – gets the point.
Dancers to me always look graceful, coiled and about to take off. In this image – shot in a parking lot in front of a gas station and a busy road – there is a sense of grace and motion and even power even though the dancer is simply leaning against a bus. She looks like she will spring forward at any moment. En pointe.
Dancers are powerful. Their muscle tone and strength is not always evident until the performance. But the power they convey to imagery is overt – it takes over a photograph, pulling the viewer in. The image itself may attempt to whisper, but the dancer shouts it. And we the viewer don’t mind. Turn up the volume!
This was shot in a parking lot, in front of a gas station and a busy road. The bus is tacky. So much for an elaborate set. But that isn’t really necessary, is it? It is the dancer who rules. Even when she isn’t dancing.