These photographs are the result of my spontaneous response to fireworks, carnival rides and the Chicago nighttime skyline. A long shutter speed and improvisational camera movement allow me to add a sense of dynamism to the imagery.
Lake Shore Lyrical
I shot my first motion study when I inadvertently changed the shutter speed on my camera, creating an image that allowed for multiple interpretations. I decided to employ a slow shutter speed or a moving camera to express the sense of mystery, spirituality and kinetic energy that dancers feel and that watching dance can inspire in others. This method also allows me to dance with my camera.
Emily Pacilio of Trainor Dance in Caitlin Trainor's (IN)VISIBLE, 2015
Landes Dixon performing with Trainor Dance in Caitlin Trainor’s (IN)VISIBLE.
Although I use longer exposures to create more expressive images of dance, that approach isn’t always appropriate. I use a fast shutter speed to capture an ideal position, intimate moment or intriguing juxtaposition of forms.