tara aftahi . beauty of a dancer.

May 8, 2013

I sat here for some time, trying to figure out what to write about this session. Not because I had nothing to say, but because I wasn’t sure how to formulate my thoughts into a cohesive manner. I could tell you about what a beautiful dancer Tara is (because she is), or I could tell you about my obsession with ballerinas and pointe shoes (give me a camera and put me in front of a ballerina and I’ll be irrationally happy).

Or I could talk about how these images were a lot of things for me.

Growth, because this was the first time I shot a dance session 90% on film. I learned so much doing this session, about the technique of photographing a dancer like this as well as how I want to approach sessions like this in the future.

And this isn’t like my Movement sessions — this was something else entirely.

This was a small seed, planted in the dirt of an idea, about capturing the beauty of a dancer. I started first with Tiffany’s session (a full blog of which is forthcoming) & Tara’s is my second. When I start projects like this, or have ideas, they usually don’t solidify until I’ve gone through and put myself in the thick of it. Had trials and errors. Experienced and seen what I truly wanted.

To be honest, this idea is still a bit like vapors to me. Capturing the beauty of a dancer? Isn’t that supposedly what photographers are supposed to do anyway? Am I offering anything truly new to the dance photography world? I want to believe I am. Deep down, I know I am.

My voice will solidify as I go, my images will hold meaning and beauty in the way that I want them to. It’ll all come in time. Right now, all I can do is create.

Styling: Susan Yee

9 Responses to “tara aftahi . beauty of a dancer.”

  1. Gah! I am loving this new perspective and I’m so honored I’ve been a part of it since the beginning. Finding the true beauties within a subject is so difficult, but you’ve done it here magnificently.

    I cannot wait for that blog post!

  2. Andrea says:

    These are truly beautiful Susan!

  3. Hattie says:

    There is a wolf in the background of the last one looking like he’s about to eat her!

  4. chris says:

    SO SO good.

  5. Britty says:

    These are so beautiful! I love shooting ballerinas too, can’t wait to see more loveliness from you :)

  6. Stephanie says:

    Really beautiful set. Think the black and white is my favourite – love the grain

  7. nicola lynde says:

    Stunning. There are so many photographers out there capturing ‘Ballerina Project’ style photographs, but your approach goes so much deeper and truly captures the spirit and movement of the dancer. Honestly not enough nice things to say….

  8. Jade Sheldon says:

    Wow, these are just so incredible. I think you are onto something amazing…

  9. Micah says:

    You know, I think…. If i could be anyone in the world that I have met before…. it would probably be you Tara. You are one incredible individual. <3