Category Archives: Modern Dance

Rain Set; Behind The Scenes

One of my favorite set designs has been the “Rain Set”.  It is a rather simple set up, but it has yielded some dramatic images. DSC_9377

To work with water, I had to move out of my studio into the garage.  There, I assembled a 10 foot high canopy made of PVC pipe on which a soaker hose was wrapped around the top.  To keep the water from spraying in all directions, I placed a plastic tarp over the top.  This helped confine the water spray into a mostly downward direction. DSC_0550

For the model’s comfort, I attached the soaker hose to a warm water source from inside the house (much better than the cold water spigot from outside!). DSC_9409b

The rest of the set consisted of a black background and floor.  In some cases, I used a shallow pool on the ground to capture the falling water and create interesting ripples.  This was constructed from wood planks and lined with plastic tarp material (as seen in the photograph below). DSC_0961

For lighting, the key sources were mono-lights fitted with barn doors off to each side and slightly behind the wall of “rain”, One soft box was placed in front of the model at about a 45 degree angle to act as fill light.  In some cases (although not shown in the image)  I placed a portable flash directly behind the model.  This produced the most dramatic lighting of the water droplets and created a halo around the model. DSC_9365

Of course when working with water, my biggest concern is safety.  I made sure there was no way for the lights to accidently tip over or even get near the water.  To ensure this, I had each mono-light on sturdy tripods and reinforced with heavy sawhorses to act as blockades.  These were positioned far from any source of water. DSC_0584

The final element of course is the participation of the model!  My primary thought was to use models with a background in dance and ask them to move, leap and play as dramatically and gracefully as possible.  Without these skilled models, the results would not have been as successful.  Thanks to models Marlo, Kate and Heidi for all your efforts!

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Claudine

During the Summer of 2009, I was contacted by Chicago based model Claudine about possibly collaborating on a project.

She’s a professional commercial print model by trade, but is also well-known in the art community for her fantastic work as a figure model.

She was planning on doing some boating in Michigan during the Summer, and thought we could work together during one of her visits.

I was familiar with her work and just loved her natural grace, flexibility and ability to create dramatic images.

The fact that she trained in classical dance was a huge bonus.  I knew I could not pass up the opportunity to see what we could create together.

Upon meeting her, I found Claudine to be  professional, yet very down to earth and friendly.   Additionally, she was extremely photogenic!  She knew just how to pose to create beautiful lines in a seemingly effortless manner.

Her passion for the arts was clear with every concept we explored.   She contributed immensely by expanding on basic ideas to create a true collaboration.

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Primal Performance

Whenever I work with the beautiful and talented Marlo  Dell’Antonio (model, actor, choreographer and dancer extraordinaire), I know I am in for an inspiring session.  She always brings wonderful ideas to the shoot, and our latest project was no exception.

Marlo has a love for the dramatic, so when she asked me if I would mind getting the studio a little dirty, I was certainly intrigued.

Inspired by the choreography of modern dance legend Pina Baush,  Marlo wanted to pay homage to Baush’s interpretation of “Le Sacre Du Printemps“.

After spreading several bags of potting soil on the studio floor, I set up some lights, backed out-of-the-way (camera in hand!) and became speechless as Marlo did her thing!

Her expressive performance was raw, powerful and positively primal.  Just what I would expect from this talented artist.

Without a doubt, every collaboration with Marlo has been amazing.  I look forward to future projects as well.

To view more images of Marlo’s performance, visit my Facebook page.                                                   Also on Google Plus!

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