I finally made it!
I’m currently in New York City this week. For those that have been following my personal profile on Facebook; you’ll be enjoying the images I’ve been taking around Manhattan (St. Marks Place being my favourite so far).
The purpose of this trip was to spend some time with one of my favourite photographers, the amazing Lois Greenfield, a very well known Dance photographer.
I first came across her work when I was at university (1996-99), I pulled her book ‘Breaking Bounds’ off the shelf in the library and spent hours pouring over the images. I simply adored the way she captured movement.
Lois’ work made me realise that you can push ideas beyond what what you think is acceptable. I’ve never considered my work to be average, normal or typical. I’ve always wanted to push myself beyond what people expect. In my eyes; to succeed is to exceed expectation.
As the majority of my work these days revolves around weddings, portrait & commercial projects. I have been quietly developing my professional practice, concentrating on ideas that fuel my interest in photography.
Having photographed many dancers over the years I wanted to spent time in Lois’ New York studio and observe. I wanted to see how she works, how she collaborates with the dancers, constructs, develops and pushes ideas.
What I didn’t expect was to be given the opporuntiy to work alongside her constructing my own ideas with her help & assistance, along with her staff; the amazing Jack, The talented Kris and the many interns she has working in her studio.
Below, is a shot I took during my time with Lois in her New York Studio. I love it.
I’ve learnt to slow the process down when shooting dancers. I’ve always let the process set its own pace rather that keep control, I guess in a way, I’ve been chasing movement, keeping up with the dancers and anticipating their next move rather than breaking that process down and concentrating on specifics.
I’ve taken on board Lois’ method of working, her attention to detail and can see how that can help my own professional practice, particularly when shooting in urban areas of cities rather than in a studio.
Having never been the kind of photographer that wants my work to be like someone else’s, Lois’ images have defined her career and I’m still trying to define mine. I have a long way to go before I’m happy to be defined. When learning your craft, and perfecting your art, you never want to peak too early. The constant learning, the tweaking here and there is what keeps my interest and pushes my own boundaries.
Thank you Lois for a fabulous weekend!
I can’t wait to get back home, see my family! and continue developing these ideas.
One of my shots taken at Lois Greenfield’s workshop NYC, 2012.