A good friend of my friend, Jeff Tung, took it upon himself to form this crew that serves primarily as a resource for dancers who want to learn new choreography and take the time to advance their skills while building and perfecting a set of choreos. He calls this crew UPdrifting. I thank him for propositioning me to photograph and video their practices because it is extremely fun as well as incredibly impressive in what they do. Jeff is one of the most creative, talented, and fun loving people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He does an amazing job of teaching these very complex, fast choreos and at the same time stressing the importance of feeling the music and enjoying what you are doing. He even has other dancers teach choreos which makes for an even more increased range of styles that the participants/members learn. Going to these sessions are always very enjoyable and inspiring for me as a photographer as well as person who is just interested in dancing and having a good time.
I received the amazing opportunity to shoot the Overdrive Dance Showcase last Saturday. What this was was an incredible collection of talented dancers all in one place to show what they got. I spent basically an entire day witness to skills that I can not even begin to understand. I found myself in awe of these individuals as well as entire crews who do these dances, these moves, just as naturally as I click the shutter button on my camera. They appear to feel the music and do things with it and their bodies that very successfully impress and entertain. Perhaps the most interesting and exhilarating part of the event was when it came time for the dancers to battle in order to move on to the next rounds of the competition. Especially towards the later rounds it was amazing the amount of passion, effort, and fun that was being put into the performances. It was awesome being on stage with these competitors as they went at each other using their skills and were encourage by constant yells and indications of approval, recognition, and astonishment. Being immersed in this environment really allowed me to feel a part of what is an very exciting and intense experience. The performers, the crews , and the staff were all great. I am very thankful for being involved in such an outstanding and inspiring event, Thank you Bulletproof Funk and everyone else that was there.
With lots of time and access to some awesome vantage points i think I got some very successful photos capturing the talent and passion of the performances.
As a photographer I always seem to find myself experiencing amazing things that if I had not been sent as a photographer I would never had witnessed. No exception to this was how I went to a vietnamese culture show at Northeastern University the other day put on by the VSA. There was dancing, singing, comedy, and fashion all in the action to display their very tremendous and complex culture. In addition to being thoroughly entertained I was also educated in Vietnamese culture which was very interesting. Their performances did a tremendous job of displaying grace and serenity as well and fun and skill. The whole event was impressive and fun thanks to martial arts skills, terrific voices, awesome dance moves, and beautiful people. I am very thankful for having attended this event and look forward to continuing my quest to see all I can see while also learning all I can about the wonderful cultures that surround me.
I have not posted much lately considering I have been busy with classes. This is ironic because the classes I am taking are photography classes. I have been having a lot of fun learning even more about the art that i love. It is great to be able to have to do homework and have that homework be something that I love to do anyway. I actually very much enjoy every week having a assignment of something specific we are asked to concentrate on, wether it be depth of field, motion, etc. It is very interesting exploring the possibilities of a particular aspect of photography. I have even been actively shooting with fellow students and helping them finding their vision and honing their photographic talents which in turn has enlightened me to many things I can do to improve my own skills and perspective. I am very thankful for the people I have around me and the experiences I have had, all of which have lead me to some great circumstances and gotten me what I think are some great shots. I hope you like them.