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Dance Study: Wendy Hobbie
Dancer: Wendy Hobbie Assisted By: Erika Renee Henry
After experimenting with the crosswalk, I wanted to use another high-volume setting in which Wendy can go to work with doing some dance poses. Since the crosswalks that we used were in the West Village/NYU Campus, Wendy, Erika, and I shifted over to Washington Square Park. Upon looking around the park I wasn’t all too sure of where I was gonna place her and what I was gonna have her do.
Finally after looking around, Erika waiting for street performers to perform (or go home for curfew), and Greeks offering free pastries as promotion for their restaurant, I thought this street lamp would do the trick. I gave Wendy the idea of her being on a phone call perched up on the lamp and in a dance position; also asking her to do it as if she were to do it in a performance. She gave me a few variations to work with and I started the process of capturing the images. When she went into the particular pose, I told her to hold as long as possible, just to see who would dare to enter the frame and maybe give some additional interest to the shot. Granted a baby in a stroller didn’t pass by a la this Dance Study image of Wendy, however I think this particular shot worked very well.
One of the rewards of doing this session with Wendy is that I was able to become more comfortable with being in highly populated areas, as well as stepping out of my comfort zones and do more creative things without worrying about what anyone else is thinking. I hope in the future I can challenge myself to do more and be more bold.