The leaves fell & they played…
I love taking time to explore how dance and photography intersect. It’s so easy for me to get lost in photography as work, that I forget to put aside some “play” time to further deepen my artistic practice. So I pulled out my little clunker (my first film camera, a Canon AE-1), and asked a few dancer friends (Georgia Tegou & Ingrid Hatleskog) to get out and explore!
The idea was to explore the story of two young girls who head out to the woods to play after school in Barnes. We affectionately entitled the shoot “At Play.”
After explaining to Georgia & Ingrid my idea of a fragmented story line that is danced in various scenes, I asked them to create improvised phrases of movements. I posed several questions that both women had to answer through interacting with one another. While improvising, I moved towards, around, and at time intersected the dancers to capture specific details of their movements.
We explored closeness and distance through simple, repetitive playful gestures.
The leaves listen…
We also talked about the architecture of the physical environment that surrounded us. I asked them to explore the natural elements, as if they were inviting others into their improvisation, or playtime.
Play to grow…
We ended the session exploring the idea that “playtime” is synonymous with “exploration,” despite the childlike connotation of the word “play.” Exploration leads to discovery, and being at play with the world around us is essential for balance and growth!