Dance is an Art form and often conceptual.
Dance and photography is the perfect symbiosis of both art forms.
Elegant, energetic and dramatic dance photography is both a visual treat and a study of movement aiming to convey the spirit and skills of the dancers, showcasing their graceful gestures.
Freezing the movement or deliberately capturing motion blur, finding the right angle, photographing emotions, these are all things that you can practice even if the subject is not professionally trained.
Movement is one of the key aspects of dancing. It's important to have the shots where you're freezing that movement, but also to sometimes include motion.
When you leave your shutter open for a longer time, the sensor will capture the trail of the dancer's movement creating a surreal and beautiful image.
It is amazing how sublime effects can be created by a slower shutter speed.
Dance is a non-verbal body movement, a game of shape and motion.
Dance is created by the humans to satisfy the urge of the soul to express different emotions and usually performed accompanied by music.
But what is it that makes us admire dancing?
Maybe the fact that dancers express remarkable physical performances that often seem unreasonable to us, sometimes even above the limit of human abilities.
Or is it the connection and harmony between music and movement evoking emotions and pleasure?
Or the visual aesthetics, the softness and intensity of the movements which sometimes seem effortless?
Perhaps the connection to all those variables together.
Dancing is about movement in space, the limits of the body and the emotion of performing.
Photography can help to convey that power and showcase the skills, efforts and accomplishments of the performer.
The following gallery is composed of most inspiring dance pictures by talented 1x photographers demonstrating why this performing art is so appealing.
'Liquidize' by Pauline Pentony BA Hons ARPS
'Jump Up and lit UP your life' by Willy Wang
'Ballerina with red canvas' by Joan Gil Raga
Chris Hamilton PRO
Great images, nicely put together.
Osher Partovi PRO
Thank you dear Yveete! beutifull images! : ))
Stephan Rückert PRO
Super beautiful and aesthetic pictures. Dance and movement can hardly be represented better. I am very enthusiastic and impressed.
Wow, thanks for your compliment, Sephan! Of course, all honour goes to the artists. I just selected them ;-)
Charlaine Gerber PRO
Oh wow, amazing article, and thank you soo much for using some of my images! Congratulations!
A real pleasure to me, Charlaine!
Joan Gil Raga PRO
Thanks a lot Yvette, I feel honored to see a photo taken by me in your selection.
And a beautiful one, Joan! Thank you !!!
Fabulous images, thanks dear Yvette.
Thank you, dear Emel!
Catherine W. PRO
Great selection to express the beauty of motion and emotion! Congrats!
Fine comment, thanks dear Catherine!
Mihai Bogdan R PRO
Thank you, Mihai!
Federico Righi PRO
Thank you very much Yvette, I am honorated
Federico Righi PRO
Colin Dixon PRO
Fabulous images thanks Yvette !!!
So great to explore dance photography on 1x. And so many beauties. Hard to make a selection ;-)
Wicher Bos PRO
Beautiful selection! Thanks Yvette!
My pleasure, Wicher !
Ben Goossens PRO
Thanks Yvette.. a lot of strong images :-)
Thanks Ben ;-)
Hello Ewa: I have been impressed by your photos, they are like dreams of great beauty. You have explained your way of doing them very well and I thank you. I also thank Michel Romaggi, who has allowed us to get to know you better. Warm greetings.
Thank you Asuncion, but I think you wrote your comment under the wrong article. A pity for Ewa. May be you can put it on the right place so that she can read it.
Interview/tutorial by Editor in collaboration with the author
A street lined with colourful houses blending into a blurred environment, and this young woman, alone, standing in the middle of this deserted street. This image, with its intriguing title, made me want to know its author better. Ewa was kind enough to answer my questions.
In what circumstances was this photo taken? Is this street that important to you as the title suggests?
My photo "the alley of my dreams" is one of my favourite photos. I took the photo while on vacation in the mountains of Central Sudetes. At the time, when I was there, the Corona virus was striking hard and most of the tourist towns and villages were deserted. You could say it was a stroke of luck because if it hadn't been for the Coronavirus, I probably wouldn't have been able to take a picture of that empty street. Usually, around noon, many silhouettes were roaming the streets.
I took several dozen shots of this city and most of them from its empty streets. Many of this type of my pictures (street shots) are monotypes, so-called "painted pictures with the camera". So, I set the camera more or less between 1/8 and 1/15, while the aperture value depends only on the outside conditions. If it is dark, I set the aperture to f/11 or f/16. If there is a lot of light then the aperture is f/22 or f/32. When taking such pictures, I move the camera up and down or sideways or otherwise to get an unprecedented blur effect, also called ICM (intentional Camera Movement).
'the ally of my dreams' was not a mono-type, because the day was very sunny, and in my camera, the smallest aperture was only f/32, so I was afraid that the pictures would be overexposed. So I took ordinary pictures, but as usual, in my imagination, I already had an idea that the picture would be quite unusual.
What equipment did you use and which were the settings?
The photo was taken with a Canon EOS 1300D camera. For this purpose, I used the Canon EF 10-18mm lens and the settings were ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/320.
The post-process is an important part of this work. Can you briefly explain the different steps to get this result giving the impression of a painting?
I started to process the photo in Photoshop. Before blurring the photo, I converted it into a smart object, then I went to the filters and blur gallery and chose the vertical blur there using a speed of about 179%, a shrinkage of about 14%, and a speed at the end of about 207px.
At this point, I got a photo very similar to my mono-types. The rest of the processing is just my fantasy, sometimes there are characters in the photo that matches it, and sometimes they aren't there, so when I find something that fits such a photo, I look for my other photos and then insert it.
In this case, it was a girl in a coat standing in the middle of the street. Then I changed the hue and saturation and colour balance, the values of these two parameters depend only on the colour effect we want to achieve.
The next step is to add textures to the photo, for example, the texture of a material, such as paper or corrugated material. I often add a few textures, including colours, and then matches the ones that work best for me. This is how the photo 'the alley of my dreams' was created.
How do you imagine your scenes before photographing? What do you mean to convey by using this process?
Before I take a picture, I always imagine what such a scene should look like. In my head there is a frame ready that I want to capture, the settings also depend on what I want to achieve, whether the picture is happy or rather dark and gloomy. A lot also depends on my mood at the moment, so my pictures are either happy or sad. For me, photography is an expression of feelings. I want to convey what I feel with such pictures, usually, the recipients feel my mood well. For some photographers, photography translates reality into a pleasant setting, while for me, photography has always been about expressing feelings.
To end this short interview/tutorial, can you tell us a little about yourself and your passion for photography, Ewa?
My name is Ewa Calkosińska - Kajzer and my artistic pseudonym is Ewa Lamond. I live in Poland in the oldest city - Kalisz. My adventure with photography began about 8 years ago. that is at the age of 47, although I was interested in photography before. I am a self-taught artist photographer from A to Z. I learned everything by myself, from videos, articles, and newspapers, and mostly by trial and error, photographing and correcting again and again. I made it a point not to use the automatic settings in the camera from the very beginning. I didn't know anything about aperture, focal length, and light, ISO because I didn't know the settings, it was very hard. But I was always very ambitious, I soon found out what it was for and started to play with manual settings. It's all about setting the camera up in a way that's fun to work with later. I remember my friend's surprise when I revealed the settings of the winter scenes I photographed. With my settings, the photos should have been overexposed. But it wasn't, the snow in the photos looked like a fairy tale. I must admit that I have learned a lot of camera setup tricks that I have used so far that are very unusual.
I love what I do because I put my heart and soul into it, I love artistic photography. It is perhaps easier for me than for others, because I also paint pictures and write poetry, and I have been interested in it since I was young. I prefer landscape photography and portraits. Working with people is very inspiring, maybe because everyone is different. I work on Photoshop, which I also had to learn on my own and I admit it was not easy. The learning continues, I discover new features and improve them in my way. This is my journey and I hope it will continue like this.
I greet you all cordially.
Thank you Ewa for having accepted to let us enter your artistic universe by sharing some of your creation secrets.
Isabelle DUPONT PRO
Vos images sont fabuleuses et nous emmènent dans un univers irréel. Bonne continuation.
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Thank you Ewa for sharing some of your techniques and Michel for this interview. Beautiful techniques and use of color in these warm somewhat melancholic images. Never stop looking and learning
Hello Angie, lets begin our conversation right away...
As a look at your bio, I see mystery. We know your name and that is it!
The ' about ' in your 1x profile is empty, now is the time to tell us briefly about .
In which country do you live?
Are you a professional photographer or is it your hobby?
There is not much to say about me, really - and even if it were, I don’t think it’s important. But to indulge you: I am Greek and I live in Athens. I had a long career as a publishing professional (mostly editor in chief in international publications). I was always fascinated by the private investigator characters in old 'film noir'. Photography became my new passion after 2012 -the year when the publishing sector in my country was hit by the international financial crisis. Some people would argue that what really happened in 2012 was the end of the world. Maybe they are true - the sure thing is that my life took a different turn.
Before investigating further into your photography, can you please explain your attachment to black and white? No colour images on your 1x gallery!
I started shooting photos in black and white and then my photographic “style” presented itself, it took it’s own life, if you like... I actually love colour, I like to use it in landscape photography mostly and only when I can get the same mood that I would get if these photos were in black and white (I have just uploaded quite a few colour photos on my 1x profile).
I'm certain you know why I used the word ' investigating ' in the previous question.
You are an investigating photographer, lets begin with the portraits, the people.
Your portraits are intimate and sensitive. Most of them seem to be your friends. Are they complete strangers and how do you get that close to take their portraits?
My subjects are mostly people that I have met while photographing them. The more photographs I take of them, the better acquainted we get. People who work in cafes that I am frequenting, friends or artists that ask me to “follow” them in their endeavours. Some are complete strangers though... But usually they have to sit somewhere, drinking coffee... The investigative part became an element of my portraits after I have discovered that even the most “common” or “indifferent” person revealed to me in their photos something extraordinary, hidden potentials, power, personality and a depth that I could capture only with my lens. I must say that I never stage my photos, I always take what my subjects give me and if they ask me, I tell them to do what they like. Their creativity always astonishes me... Some people told me that I have captured their real self and some did not like at all the way they looked. But I love all my subjects and it’s my love for them that made me a “photographic investigator”.
All your photos, street, portraits and conceptual have such a powerful feel to them.
Cinematic, film noir, the harsh contrast, strong whites, deep shadows, grain, the Fellini-esque portrait compositions.
What has influenced you? Art history? Cinema? Other photographers?
As I mentioned before, I have always been fascinated by film noir and their mood - even the characters. But I did not try to mimic that mood, it just came out like this, mostly because in the beginning I was photographing friends or people who worked in bars, at night, with a cheap lens, without a flash -that I don’t like at all- and with very high ISO. So my photos had that grainy, dark, film noir mood in a “natural” way I would say... I like very much the high contrast black and white style of the contemporary Japanese photographers. But it’s the models and the circumstances that dictate the style. For instance, I have subjects that have faces that look like they jumped out of a Leonardo or a Botticelli painting...
The Cigarette: I stopped smoking long ago, but by looking at your photos, I want to smoke a cigarette again!
I feel like I'm watching a French New Wave film, smoke and intense close-ups.
I never smoked. But the vast majority of the people that I photograph smoke heavily. I don’t complain at all of course, because this is a film noir lover’s dream come true... I don’t know how it happens, but most of my “subjects” instantly chose to play this cool, smoking, troubled character in front of my camera... I get very close sometimes and that annoys some of them, but there is no other way.
The Staircases: movement, arriving or leaving, going up or down.
You must always have your camera with you? and obviously love to photograph staircases, any particular reason?
The truth is that nobody can resist a beautiful staircase with a mysterious figure moving in it... And yes, I always carry my camera with me when there is the potential of encountering people. Almost never on my walks in nature.
The Details: hands, legs and feet.
Very interesting these compositions and crops.
What is your motivation with these images?
No motivation, it happened one time and then it started happening more and more. And now a whole part of my photography consists of these “Details”. I have realized that they are a different kind of a portrait. Sometimes they reveal as much -end even more- than a face. I just love them.
“The eye is always caught by light, but the shadows have more to say.” — Gregory Maguire
I will refer to your portraits as being multidimensional.
Explain the light and shadows on faces and bodies the way your capture them.
Many people see different things and dimensions in my photos. But the photos happen by themselves and I cannot take credit for them - this is why I cannot explain anything. They just come through me. I have no intention when I shoot and I certainly don’t manipulate any element. The fact that most of my photos come in a certain way is a mystery to me.
'on the outside looking in'
In conclusion, after all these years of investigations, what keeps you interested in portrait and street photography? Do you do any other types of photography?
My ever growing love for my subjects and for what they reveal through my lens - this is what keeps me going. When I am asked by friends, I also do food, drinks and events photography.
You can see all my work
on my website: http://www.angiestergiophotography.com/
on my blog : http://www.angiestergiophotography.com/blog
I liked to appreciate the assertiveness of the images and I think emotions are well expressed in their most theatrical aspects. An outstanding job. Fantastic!
Stephan Rückert PRO
Photography that touches and inspires me. The report and especially the pictures are great photo art full of dynamism and creativity. Thanks also to the editors for the perfect presentation.
Matej Krajnc PRO
Phenomenal photos. I really enjoyed the way how you played with light, reveling emotions and mood. Thank you so much for sharing.
Arnon Orbach PRO
Fascinating tour into the dark and beautifully lighted stories of Angie subjects, undoubtedly a true and authentic voice which touched me with these powerful images of us as we really are. Outstanding gallery and as Angie stated, “reality is, very often, inaccurate" Thanks so much Yvette and Joe for presenting us with the real thing!
So glad with your positibe reaction, Arnon. Angieis a great artist, but so humble !!! It is a pleasure to me to put her in the spotlights.
Interesting photograph; she captures the spirit of her characters in a masterful and mysterious way and leads the viewer to enter the scene trying to see what we only see with our thoughts. I congratulate you Yvette for bringing us such excellent photographers. Warm greetings.
Thank you so much, Asuncion. It is all my pleasure to discover some most talented photographers on 1x and to put them in the spotlights via the magazine ;-)
Codrin Lupei PRO
Yvette, thanks for presenting this awesome body of work! Outstanding photography, Angie, I became instantly a big fan! Keep up the great, great work!
Many thanks for your appreciation, dear Codrin. So nice to read you here. I fully agree with you... Angie is TOP and has to keep us the great great work!
Streiff Marcel PRO
Wonderful and very authentic photos ! Thanks for sharing Angie. And thanks also to Yvette and Joe for realizing !
Tahnk you, Marcel!!! Always fine to present talent to our readers!
Larry Deng PRO
Me too, Larry !!! Glad to put Angie in the spotlight. She really deserves it.
Adolfo Urrutia PRO
Fantastic work. In your photos you can see the force of life with its lights and shadows. Thanks to you and Ivette for sharing your work and your interview. Congratulations.
Thanks Adolfo ! Angie's work is great !!!
Dear Angie, your work makes me quiet and touches me. It is so beautiful. I also love the phrase that it happens through you, and conforts me that postprocessing is not an element in your workflow. It is clearly the connection you have and the interaction there is with your subjects that shines through your photos. For that I am envie you.
Asbjørn Lind PRO
Thanks for sharing....very inspiring.
Gorgeous photos! You can't just stare at these photos. People get lost in the depth in these photos. I am very impressed, heartfelt congratulations dear Angie. I would also like to thank dear Yvette for introducing us to the artist who took these wonderful photos.
Waterfalls are spectacular, simultaneously beautiful, uplifting, overwhelming and bringing such immediacy into our minds.
There is no wondering about what the waterfalls were like yesterday, no way to know what they will look like tomorrow.
There will always be a shade of difference, a nuance noticed or not, but to see them right now, in this moment in their powerful splendor, that is the way to celebrate the present ...
'To me, waterfalls are the most beautiful curtains Mother Earth uses to decorate her universal home … Gently blowing in the breeze, or whispering softly on dull days, or furiously dancing in stormy weather.'
Waterfalls are one of the most common natural phenomena on our earth; where water flows over a steep hillside or cliff and causes a drop or a series of drops to a lower level of a river or creek. There are many different types of waterfalls, and sometimes it can be quite hard to classify them – from a segmented to tiered waterfall to high cataract and cascade waterfall.
In modern nature and landscape photography, waterfalls are an essential subject appearing in various exhibitions and photo galleries.
Compared to other landscape photography subjects, such as oceans and mountains, waterfalls may be a subject that photographers think would be clear and straight forward. However, creating an excellent waterfall photograph is very challenging – a photographer requires all kinds of techniques, creativities and dedications in order to capture a unique moment of the waterfall.
In this sublime collection of 1x waterfall shots by talented photographers, we can view a wide range of waterfalls from all over the world. Those images not only give us great inspiration from a photographic perspective but are also a rich source to exhibit the beauty of landscapes and invoke our true appreciations to our natural environment.
Magic of Kamchatka' by [email protected]
Hi Ibrahim …
What does this picture represent? Is it a building?
Under what circumstances did you take it? Where, when, an artistic intention?
What equipment (camera, lens) and what settings did you use?
First of all, I would like to thank you, dear Michel, for this interview and thanks to 1x for giving all members the opportunity to learn and develop.
I took this image while I was photographing a building for one of the companies I deal with.
In fact, I am interested in abstract work and small details inspire me a lot. I find them very interesting.
I used a Canon EOS 6D Mark II with a 24-105mm lens.
Settings: 1/125 s, f/9, ISO 250.
Then, I chose these colours to highlight the angles, the geometric shapes and the sinuous lines.
In the end, I fell in love with these colours and found them very suitable.
It seams that shapes and colours are an essential source of your creativity. Isn't it?
What does attract you to this kind of picture?
However, you often choose to use black and white too. Can you explain these choices?
As I said before, I am attracted by small details and shapes and I find them interesting.
I use colours to highlight the geometric shapes and lines and to highlight as well, the idea.
According to BW, to me it represents another world and a different dimension.
I think that it translates the feeling differently from colour images.
I like diversity! I do not like monotony or adherence to a certain type or style. I consider my eyes as a small portable camera. I record what attracts me it in my mind and imagine the scene before visiting again and shooting on that location on the right moment!
Sometimes it also happens spontaneously!
Landscape photography needs to be prepared in advance to be able to choose the right time and to have the right equipment.
In your portfolio, we can see architecture photography, landscape photography, colour images as well as black and white images, and sometimes heavily edited photographs. Can you tell us a little about your photographic vision?
My vision of photography is a passion and a talent that needs to be constantly nurtured and refined through visual feeding and access to everything new in the world of photography and learning from others.
Please tell us a little more about yourself, your life and your passion of photography, Ibrahim?
My father is an old school photographer and has had his own studio since 1971. I was born in a house full of photographers and I have been working in photography for almost 15 years!
I started to practice a more artistic style about three years ago. I had some serious difficulties at the beginning because there is such a big difference between commercial or touristic photography and artistic photography. I transferred my artistic taste to a big qualitative leap and I became more familiar with all the big and small details around me!
I made a huge effort to improve my technique and to reach my current level.
I always wanted to learn more and to improve myself. I would love to put my artistic signature in every place and corner of this world! That's why I participated in international competitions and got several international awards and distinctions.
In the end, I would like to thank the 1x website! I am aware that this site has played a great role in my evolution and that all I learned here from other talented photographers.
Thanks to you too, dear Michel.
Best regards to all 1x members.
Thank you very much for answering my questions and sharing some of your work with us, Ibrahim.
Great article and great images. Love your work Ibrahim!
thank you very much my friend
Marc Huybrighs PRO
Great interview. A photographer with wide range of photographic skills. My compliments Ibrahim.
thank you very much dear friend Marc for your nice comment
فوق العاده هستید ابراهیم دید شما خیلی به ما عکاسا کمک میکنه
Marc Apers PRO
Nice work Ibrahim !
great interview , you really deserve the best Ibrahim
thank you very much Saad
Great interview Ibrahim, and mind blowing works. Congratulations.
thank you very much Emel for your nice comment
Ibrahim algali PRO
You are an artist in every sense of the word. I enjoy your style and the way you work and every detail of your style is inspiring
thank you very much ibrahim for your comment
Mohamed Salah PRO
Tajouj Hamadto PRO
Amazing photography and amazing photographer.. All Best Wishes dear Ibrahim
thank you very much tajouj for your nice comment
Wonderful work to admire! Thank you for this pleasant article of extraordinary art, such a joy!
Work to admire! Wonderful work and article!
thank you very much Gerda
First of all, I would like to thank dear Michel for this interview and for allowing me to speak. Thank you very much, Michel And certainly thanks to 1x for everything it provides
Arnon Orbach PRO
What a pleasure to read dear Ibrahim your testimony regarding photography. I must admit that you are one of the finest photographers on 1X. Thanks Michel for this excellent interview and selection of photos. My compliments
Ali Abu Ras PRO
congratulations, well done Ibrahim
Rana Jabeen PRO
Really admire your style of work and technique Ibrahim...great interview and exceptional images as always! My congratulations to you . Compliments and thanks to Editor Michel .. Regards
Michel Romaggi PRO
Thank you very much Rana
Thank you very much, Rana, for your kind words and support. I really appreciate this
Great interview, Ibrahim! And your works are mind-blowing! Congrats!
Thank you very much, for your kind words and support. I really appreciate this
Karim Bouchareb PRO
Well done dear Ibrahim , congratulations 👏
Thank you very much, dear Karim
Mind blowing work ..i've really enjoyed readindg this interview.Keep going up Ibrahim
Thank you very much Wafa for your nice comment