A few days ago, I showed you a sneak peek of a photo shoot I did on New Year’s Day. Last night, I finished the image. This piece is called The Dance and the lady in it is a friend of mine, Deb, who owns a wool and craft shop in St Arnaud, Victoria. She loves to knit, so I have taken some other photos of her which represent this, but the other thing she loves to do is dance.
What then could be more appropriate than to ask her to dance for the camera. I don’t believe that the secret to taking good photos is technical perfection. The trick is to capture the true essence of someone. The everyday person doesn’t notice if the image isn’t perfect but they do notice that it does or doesn’t represent them. They notice the emotion and the feelings and memories it evokes.
This image was made up of 9 different photos and had 32 layers overall.
Everytime I do one of these photos I realise there is an easier way of doing them by planning the photo properly and so shooting appropriately. I’m just not very good at planning in advance. Sometimes I have to see the photos before I get a concrete thought in my head. I always have a rough idea of what I want, but not always set in stone. Still, I’m more than pleased with the result even if I did make the process harder than it needed to be. This is one of my favourites ever.
So let me introduce you to “The Dance”. As Friedrich Nietzsche said, “And those who were seen dancing, were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music” I’ve always danced to different music to what others heard and I think that’s just fine.
(If you’d like to have a look at Deb’s shop, go to her Facebook page – Here for a Yarn)