UNTIL THE DAY I DIE, MY WORK AND MYSELF WILL ALWAYS BE A WORK IN PROGRESS. I invite you along this journey to see my progression as a photographer and as a human being.
Dance Study: DeAunna Blackwell
Dancer: DeAunna Blackwell
Make Up By: Sylvia “Boots” Encarnacion Assisted By: Kitanya Forrester and Carl Forrester
Normally when I shoot the images from my Dance Study sessions, I like to have the dancer take up the entire frame. But sometimes I’ll break away from that if there are some background elements (or other things within the frame) that I find interesting. When I looked at this garage door in DUMBO, I thought it’d be cool to place DeAunna inside this recessed space, framing her inside. I played around with different poses and variations and have come to like this variation of her pressing against one of the walls, as if she is trying to breakthrough the frame or expand the boundaries that has her framed in. The other thing that was cool to play around with was the curvilinear lines that her body was creating versus the rectilinear lines of the building and gate. Hopefully the break in the lines draw the viewers eyes onto the dancer.
I had a field-day with correcting this photo, not because of poor exposure or wrong camera settings, but because of the angle that I shot it at. Of course while I was shooting the mini-perfectionist in me did not appear. It only appeared after when I was trying to get the vertical lines (and horizontal lines) in the shot to be just that, vertical (and horizontal). Thankfully, Lightroom has a lens adjustment tool that made it easy to correct the image without taking the image into Photoshop. Oh bless your soul Adobe!
I’m well pleased with the final results of this shot. What do you think about it?