Ballerinas are trained to express themselves with movements – this is obvious enough. And this might be the reason you think one would love to photograph a ballerina. But there is much more to the way they move.
I find ballerinas’ bodies to be tuned in one of the most humanly beautiful ways: an unequalled blend of strength and delicacy, perfectly balanced. This is obviously key to photography, in terms of elegance and beauty. Moreover, ballerinas are normally very natural, beautifully ordinary, down to earth people. And Georgeta was not an execption.
In a “normal” ballet shooting, strong posing and techincal movements are engaged. This motivated me to step away from this situation and pursue something more relaxed. Few photographers seem to had the idea of protraying ballerinas as people with some slight reference to their skills as a dancer or their particular body shape. Most of the images I found about ballerinas showed highly technical poses – far from what I had in mind. Through my images, I want you to discover Georgeta as a professional ballerina, but also as a pretty, elegant woman.
As a counterpart to her disciplined trainings and other technical shootings, I offered Georgeta a relaxed experience at Das Stue, a five stars design hotel. With an intimate scale and discreet location, it is well hidden in the middle of Tiergarten. Think of Cary Grant, bar culture, real gentlemen and ladies and cultivated conversations. You can marvel at black-and-white works from the likes of Horvat, Steichen or Newton, commissioned from magazines like Harper’s Bazaar or Vogue from the 50s and 60s as well as distinctly private shots of movie stars like Dorian Leigh, Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich, captured by Penn, Avedon or Bohrmann. I just couldn’t ask for more and I definitely recommend you to visit Das Stue, even if it’s just for a nice gin & tonic at its cozy bar.
Thank you so much to the Das Stue team, who kindly and professionally supported my work.