Dancer: Wendy Hobbie
Assisted By: Erika Renee Henry
Recently, after assisting my friend (and hopefully soon-to-be photo and life mentor Anselm Scrubb) on a dance photo session he was doing for Dance For Change, I was energized and ready to get back to work with doing more Dance Study images. Inspired by dance photographer Jordan Matter, I had spoken to Wendy about wanting to do some shots utilizing a crosswalk (and seeing what the reaction of the other people crossing would be when she just goes into her pose) and utilizing these crazy heels we scoped out at Buffalo Exchange. She was down for it! Of course upon sharing the idea and forgot for a split second that I don’t like to shot in high-volume areas and/or neighborhoods. I get very self-conscious, easily. If you only know the thoughts that come into my mind when shooting; perhaps I’ll leave that for another blog entry. However, I also saw it as a challenge, for me to get over my self-consciousness and the get the shot (or shots) that I was envisioning.
Enter West Village (or Greenwich Village aka NYUville). With assistant (and man-repeller) Erika available to help, I was looking for some active crosswalks to start getting some shots. The first crosswalk used was across the street from the IFC movie theater by 6th Avenue and West 3rd Street. This crosswalk proved difficult because from where I was standing lots of vehicles were passing by, giving my brief windows of opportunity to grab shots. And since I wanted Wendy on her toes (or something requiring motion), the narrowed the window of opportunity even further. So we grabbed what we could and moved to another location.
Of course I don’t remember of hand the street that we were on, but the vehicle traffic was less and the people traffic was about the same so we set up shop here and tried a few things. Voila!!! We were getting some great shots in the crosswalk. But there was one shot (from a series of multi-burst shots I was doing) that grabbed the most attention when I posted it up on Instagram simply as a preview photo. Comments ranging from the pedestrians didn’t seemed to be phased by this, to look at the baby in the stroller’s face. I wasn’t expecting the high amount of feedback or to even post this image to my blog. It was just going to be simply a preview to what’s to come. Little did I know that this was the image.
I think I would like to experiment with the crosswalk idea again and maybe incorporate different dance disciplines and well as different outfits. Well, I then leave you with this image and hopefully at a later point I’ll post another image from this set. Enjoy!