Dane Shitagi’s photography series, The Ballerina Project, grew from the idea of New York City as a magnet for creativity; each photograph is a collaborative work of dance, fashion design and photography played out against the city’s landscape. Shitagi writes:
‘Crafted over the span of ten years the Ballerina Project is not “dance photography” but an etching of a ballerinas heart and emotions. Every aspect of the Ballerina Project is carefully crafted and cultivated. The majority of ballerinas who have posed for the project are professional dancers and the minority are advanced ballet students in renown dance schools.’
Benjamin Von Wong brings us another fantastic behind the scenes video on an elegant shoot he recently did that showcases two Tango dancers, Sandra and Alex. What I love is how Ben comes up with creative ideas on the fly based on the surroundings that he has to work with. Not only was this entertaining but it shows that you can get beautiful shots anywhere, anytime.
Alex & Sandra are a pair of amazing tango dancers that contacted me for a photoshoot for a project they’re currently building.
We were looking to create something that was both traditional yet contemporary and this is what we came up with – Studio Lighting, Low depth of field and a cold purple/blue color tone.
When you think of ‘inspiration’, you tend to think of people only within our industry. Who inspires you? Perhaps only photographers, makeup artists, stylists, and so forth come to mind.
I look past our world and find sources of inspiration not only in fashion industry, but from any genre to keep inspired and motivated and apply it to my own perseverance.
Recently, I had the chance of seeing this video of Jeffrey Vinokur.
Jeffrey, like me, learned everything he did in his craft on his own.
As you can see from the video, Jeffrey was able to learn everything from simply teaching himself through youtube. Initially he had no classes at all and barely a floor to work with! In a world where information has become widely available without the need to go to school for it, we have everything we need right here in our fingertips to learn whatever our heart desires.
This comic sums it all up what amazing potential we have as far as learning goes with our generation. We have no excuses anymore.
He has been on America’s Got Talent top 100 (Vegas Rounds). Not only does he have the drive, but also the marketing ability to push himself out there. Apparently he had no dancing skills to begin with, and it goes to show you that anything is possible.
After seeing this video, it got my inspired, I had to get in touch with him and ask him a few questions:
1) What motivated you to learn how to dance if you did not know how to dance before? Usually, people shy away from the thought if they feel they have no talent inside.
I started dancing around the time my parents were getting divorced, I never really talked about the situation and learning popping was my escape to a different world. It got me through it. The reason I dance now is different than before.
2) How long did it take to get to where you are now and how much practice did you put in?
I have been dancing about 3.5 years or 4 depending on what you consider the starting point.
3) Was your learning all through channels like youtube or did you ever pay for classes or go to school for dance?
First 6 months exclusively youtube then i got to travel to NYC 1 time a week to take a class, overall I have taken less than 30 popping classes in my life so most training is youtube, yes I did pay for the classes. Hope that helps!
‘Amazing’ happens everyday and people like Jeffrey keep us all inspired.