I have been working on a series of dance images loosely inspired by the Japanes Butoh style of dance.
(Butoh style dance a brief description: It typically involves playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments, and is traditionally “performed” in white-body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion, with or without an audience. But there is no set style, and it may be purely conceptual with no movement at all.
I was asked by a dancer in this particular group if i would like to go and photograph this dance performance that was going to take place in a Citibank lobby in Mid-town New York City.
I thought that the strange juxtaposition of this type of dance in such a corporate and staid type of environment could make for some interesting and unique images.
I was very surprised that this particular bank lobby had beautiful wood paneled walls, very high ceilings and cathedral type lighting from the bank of skylight windows overhead and on 2 sides. In other words i got a little lucky here as the location turned out to be amazing. Natural light like this is a photographers best friend as everything was lit with this ethereal type light.
I am going to continue on with this dance/performance project indefinitely as i feel there are so many possibilities to explore with this art form.
For the complete history of Butoh check this link: