“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.” W.B. Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire
The more I have the chance to work with dancers, the more I fall in love with this art!
See here some of the photos taken to the talented and beautiful Stephanie Collins in a very special location: Trinity Laban Conservatoire!
Hanna Hughes is an amazing contemporary dancer and a very sweet girl. I had an inspiring photo-session with her last month at the Barbican centre, in London. I found beauty in every movement she did, and I loved the way poses blended together with buildings’ lines to compose intriguining images. So thanks again to Hanna and to the fascinating city of London which always helps me to create and to dream of something new!
“I called the world of phenomena an illusion, I called my eyes and my tongue and accident, valueless phenomena. No, that is all over; I have awakened, I have really awakened and have just been born today.” Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
Thanks a lot to Travis S C-Knight, dancer for Wayne McGregor, who trusted my ideas and used is great talent to work with me on this project!
A few weeks ago I photographed Athena, an Italian ballerina and researcher I have met thanks to friends in common, in Oxford. Discussing about the photo shoot, we were thinking to divide the session in a way to have pictures taken both in town and in a park. Unfortunately, the weather was not collaborative, so we had to change plan and to shoot in some covered areas found around. Here is the result of our effords! Despite the rain, it was really a pleasure to work with such a lovely girl!
This is probably one of my favorite series ever, and one of the pleasant photo shoot I had here in the UK. It was lovely to work with Ama and his cute little baby at their house. We tried to show how a ballerina day can meet a mum day and how a child enjoys this. I have to thank Ama for the nice idea she had and for letting me develop it through my photographs. And of course a big thanks to her baby who was the most patient model I have worked with so far!
“Dreams get broken sometimes. She wanted to dance, she only wanted to dance, but she had to bury her ballet shoes in the shadows. She still smells the flowers of the field where she said goodbye to the past.”
A big thanks to the model Cara, the best ballerina I could work with for this project.
When I decided to do this photo shoot, I did not imagine I would have loved classic ballerina poses so much to think about working on projects like this one again in the near future. My model, Kiran Williams, was lovely and really helpful, and I want to thank her for that. I also thank Caterina, a friend of mine, for the great location she helped me to find. And now, just enjoy the tutu dance!