Foreground photo: Åsa Sjöström, Sweden.
Sixteen-year-old dance students go through their exercises at the Theater of Opera and Ballet School in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova.
Toronto, World Press Photo 2006.
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kozak (711) 2006-11-27 10:05
Very intriguing shot I must say. I wish I knew more about it. So intriguing really. Hard to get it.
Ulishna (2268) 2006-11-27 10:49
very nice B&W shot! Very interesting composition here with different parts and subjects.
delnaja (2056) 2006-11-27 10:51
I love this kind of photo. I like also how you composed it : legs on a photo and legs in real life...
Of course, I love also the grainy b&w... and the title : )
greg (2835) 2006-11-27 11:01
Fun... normal legs don't have quite the grace of dancers'!
I took a look at the originals - it's a very nice series, too.
markoci (3933) 2006-11-27 11:39
a good idea, perhaps i'd have liked some more interesting legs :-)... or see more details rather, some seem lost "in the black" here.. funny, some of the photos from the exhibition i don't recall seeing in taipei i wonder if the selection varies..
jinju (14265) 2006-11-27 21:24
this one I think I like more than the other one. The other one was maybe visually more striking, but I think youve done a getter job of making this one your own. The cool thing is how the legs of the real girl actually seem to be in a dancing mood.
MKING (3054) 2006-11-27 21:26
I remember liking the actual series on the dancers very much; Alex and I had a lengthy discussion with another person who claimed the digital noise in the image was actually film grain-- it's quite apparent that it's noise but it's extremely attractive, Asa nailed everything spot on-- subject, composition and the textures.
Of course, I'm supposed to critique your work, not Asa's :)
The contrast between the trained and exercised dancers' legs and the rather scrawny ones of the casual observer is very appealing-- it's an appealing follow up on your series. I especially like that the film grain from the Tri-X has substituted itself for the digital noise on the original prints-- keeps the same feeling.
Should definitely meet up again soon; would like to try 'plain vanilla' street photography though, just a busy normal weekend location somewhere. Something that we can then extrapolate to reflect how Canada seems to be feeling at this time of the year. I must say, it's an exciting time to be in Canada, be it politics or just the crazy weather (-4C in Vancouver???)
rowanb (864) 2006-11-28 3:33
nice overlaying of images peter, the real legs contrast with the photo's legs very well.
keep posting =)
eleparc (24063) 2006-11-28 9:11
Hi peter, i love this shot! i first thought it was a collage or something until I read your note;-) great capture!
erthmuffin (1551) 2006-12-04 0:12
very interesting and thought provoking composition. well done.
s10001in (0) 2006-12-04 2:04
One complex composition peter.
To be frank tilt is making it more complex & dynamic..
I can understand the tilt to make this thing dynamic..& truely working well here.
again tricky selection to make the thing evocative.
really brilliant work..choice...
but About tilt I am not sure..
It is superficial feeling..may be not last longer..
Furachan (0) 2006-12-14 22:58
Clever...stimulating...sensual, stylish, and almost angry in its re-arrangement of reality.
Top class showing, man. First rate. Puts me in mind of the movie Blow-Up by Antonioni...that period of 60s efferverscence, things on the move...anything possible...sons of Man Ray on the loose.
ps. And the one-sided dance goes on... How much longer Peter, eh?
nerve (10231) 2007-01-17 2:20
love this one, pretty smart compo. grain is nice here too.
stiginthedump (1823) 2007-10-03 17:49
You need to post more photos!
You seem to have a knack for taking shots of legs, man (as well as nice tilts). I like how you aren't showing their faces and onlt their feet. I guess when they dance their feet do all the 'talking'.
KevRyan (22956) 2007-10-07 8:24
Not the first time to see this idea on TE but the combination of the feet/legs with the person's legs behind has such a lovely humour - it's so curious the way the legs are revealed between the boots and the skirt - in the same way the front picture gives an insight behind the scenes the focus you have given on a part of the whole on the figure behind kind of does the same..........a muted display where we only see some of the feathers .......I really like your choice of angle.