Conceptual Portraits.

Throughout the research process for my Final Major project at University, I keep returning to admire the work of Kyle Thompson.

I love his style, so moody, pensive and unique, each shot perfectly lit and composed with clever editing. Most of his images are untitled and don’t include an explanation, left up to the viewer to ponder and construct it’s narrative.

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Images taken from artists’ personal website.

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Zero Gravity Portraits

As a photographer I love to shoot dancers, they have a particular inner passion and understanding of how their body works, trained to manipulate their bodies in such ways others can’t. Dancers create movements the human eye usually misses, but photography enables capturing it, freezing a moment in time.

I’m interested in adding another dimension to my photography, materials that can be manipulated and will flow with the dancer’s movement, when captured creating a unique frame that can’t be replicated and does not exist in time, only in the photograph.

The first prop I chose was several ropes, another material that can be moulded and entangled, creating unique unpredictable shapes when airborne. The ropes were a metaphor for the female dancers: strong and powerful.

I selected the setting to be the studio with a plain white backdrop, nothing spectacular as not to detract from the body and the airborne sculptures.

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For the second prop, I selected a ream of satin; soft and elegant, which came to life when airborne around the dancer creating sculpted dimensions frozen by photography entwined with the dancer’s body.

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