The photographer as a dancer

Photographer works with model in Soho, central London, late afternoon. It looks like they are dancing. .
Photographer works with model in Soho, central London, late afternoon. It looks like they are dancing.

I was making some photos in central London early evening last Sunday and came across a fashion shooting – photographer, model and minimal equipment. Nothing unusual about that, it is London and we were not exactly far from Carnaby Street.

Dance

It fascinates me to watch other photographers working. This time what crossed my mind was how close to a dance the whole scene looked like. There they were, the photographer and the model negotiating space, poses, looks – mirroring each other’s moves. Even though directions were given, most of the times they were having a silent dialogue.

Perhaps I thought of that because of a friend of mine told me that she finished reading Herrigel’s Zen in the Art of Archery. Here’s a little quote:

“Don’t think of what you have to do, don’t consider how to carry it out!” he exclaimed. “The shot will only go smoothly when it takes the archer himself by surprise.”

I think the excerpt above summarises nicely how I see photographs being made. It is a construction, a dialogue, but most of it is done when one let go of thought.

 

 

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