Life has its way of leaving its mark. Whether through time or use or action these marks are created as evidence of life's happenings. They can tell stories of a single moment or a lifetime of moments.
These pictures are of things . I have always found it interesting how effectively conversation and story telling is initiated by scar and break. This served as my inspiration to , through photographs, display and on some level ignite curiosity about the stories of these things that show the marks that life has left on them. This is a concept I have envision for a long time and am glad to finally have been able to create it for my final project.
In a project to take what is already a beautiful art of movement and convey such through photographs, I asked dancers to freestyle in front of graphic, simple backgrounds. I then captured their expression and position, in an effort to communicate that person's personality along with the esthetic beauty of the dancing.
I spent a month in Cuba in the Summer of 2012. I can only describe it as the most amazing experience of my life. It was an incredible opportunity for which I am forever thankful to my professors, my fellow students, and all the awesome people we met there. Cuba is a completely different place and that is why I loved it. It was beautiful and interesting for more reasons than I can explain. Hopefully my photos speak towards what I would like to say. The photos are those that made up my final documentary project. My project focused on kids in Cuba. It was an extremely interesting and fun subject seeing that the kids were everywhere and they could be doing most anything. Active does not even begin to describe the people of Cuba. They live their lives outside and they are constantly doing things. With the kids it is even more evident. In our time there, the streets were constantly alive with activity. The action that grabbed my attention the most was all the kids enjoying their lives. Whatever it might be that they were doing, sports, eating, exploring, or just horsing around like kids will, they were loving it. They were fun as well as creative. They did not need a well groomed field or a scheduled play time. These kids had fun with puddles, sticks, rocks, anything they could find. Much in the same way that all cubans seemed to be very apt to make things work these kids showed to have very innovative minds in addition to passion for having a good time. The care free yet enthusiastic attitude was quite contagious and I like to say that it is something that I have taken away from my time along with thousands of photos that correspond to a surplus of memories.
Revolve Dance Crew
Revolve is a family of dancers that I have been a part of since the Spring of 2011. These people serve as my family members, my models as well as my inspiration. They have taught me that, through dance and the culture that comes with the art, everything can be made better and more expressive with dance.